A complete recovery from tailors bunion surgery can take up to four to six months. That being said, your foot will have dramatically healed after six to eight weeks.

What is a Tailor’s Bunion?

A Tailor’s bunion is a shift outward in the metatarsal bone that connects to your little toe creating a deformity to the foot. This deformity is usually caused by improper foot wear and genetics. Bunions can develop very early in life, however bunions can also develop in the later years of life. Shoes such as high heels, dress shoes or ones that are tight across the toes can lead to both a bunion or a Tailors bunion.

Symptoms of Tailor’s Bunion

The most common symptom with a Tailor’s Bunion is pain and discomfort. The Bunion can become inflamed and rub on the inside of the shoe. With constant rubbing, the bunion will become irritated, red, and calloused. This will lead to much more pain to the bunion area.

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Callous

Non Surgical Treatment

There are many variations to the Tailor’s bunions which lead to multiple solutions. For less severe bunion cases, wearing proper footwear with arch support and a wide toe box will help dramatically. Other modifications can help relieve symptoms, such as adding orthotics or getting shoes with a flexible toe box like mesh that can stretch. Silicon shields can also be placed on the area to help prevent less friction to the bunion.

  • Supportive shoes
  • Orthotics
  • Wider toe box
  • Flexible toe box
  • Silicon shields

Surgical Treatment

The most common surgery for Taylor’s bunions involves making an incision to the foot and removing a portion of the metatarsal bone. Plates and screws will be added to provide support and aid with the bone healing.

Post Surgery

After surgery, your foot will be heavily bandaged or placed in a cast or splint. You will have several post operative appointments to check on the healing status of your foot and to insure no infection has occurred. Stay off your foot for the first couple of weeks until instructed by your doctor. Call your doctor with any concerns to ensure the fastest route to complete recovery.