tailor's bunion

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tailor’s bunion

Inflammation of the 5th metatarsal at the base of the little toe; named after the seated position of tailors who sat cross-legged, compressing a pressure point of the little toe that corresponded to the site of inflammation.

• Intrinsic—due to congenital bone defects, which is distinctly rare.
• Extrinsi—caused by footwear that puts pressure on the 5th metatarsal.

Clinical findings
Pain over the lateral base of the fifth toe; if extreme and prolonged, the skin may ulcerate.

Padded and/or wider shoes; surgery is a last resort.
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