A visit to the doctor will give a diagnosis of a tailor's bunion problem, and tailor's bunion surgery may be mentioned at an early stage depending on the severity of the problem, the extent of the deformity, and how comprehensive your medical plan is.
However before considering invasive bunion correction surgery it is worthwhile exploring the available non-surgical treatment options available to you. There are many non-invasive bunion treatment options available to sufferers which are highly effective for both relieving the symptoms and banishing the problem for good.
The first step to take is a change of footwear. Since the majority of bunion problems are caused by inappropriate footwear it is the natural place to start. Whilst this is not a miracle cure, it is the first step needed to be taken to arrest the development of the bunion, and at least get the playing field level and give a treatment plan a fighting chance of success. Shoes need to have a wide toe box so as not to cramp the toes, and low heels should replace high heeled shoes. Being overweight is a contributory factor made worse by ill fitting shoes. Whilst weight loss can be difficult, controlling the weight will reduce the pressure placed on the joints and bones of the feet.
In terms of treatment options, a bunion night splint is a good place to start, however make sure it is a specific tailor's bunion night splint. These straighten and protect the small toe, and are highly effective as a first line of treatment. Not only are they a cheap option, treating bunions during the night is the most logical time to do so, when the muscles are relaxed and a long continuous treatment session can take place.
To continue treatment during the day there are many toe straightening devices which can be worn inside the shoe, to keep the toes correctly aligned. Usually both methods are sufficient in most cases, however it may also be necessary to wear bunion pads inside the shoes. These will cost less than $ 10 in most cases, and will give extra cushioning to prevent rubbing against the sides of the shoes. Rubbing aggravates tailor's bunions and can cause additional inflammation, discomfort and may even cause the skin to rupture.
Toe stretchers are a good option to get mobility back in the toes. These are different from the toe stretchers which are used when painting the toenails, and are a little more robust. They help to get the muscles and ligaments of the toes stretched to make other treatment options such as toe straighteners and tailor's bunion night splints more effective.
When the tailor's bunion has associated swelling a good option is a cortisone injection straight into the affected area. This will need to be administered by a health professional; However it is one of the best ways of reducing swelling and pain fast. The treatment can then be combined with the above non invasive methods and may be sufficient treatment and will eliminate the need for a tailor's bunionectomy.
When all of these methods have failed, or are ineffective, then tailor's bunion surgery should be considered. In cases of chronic pain, non-invasive methods may be sidestepped in favor of quicker treatment, however since tailor's bunions are quite easy to spot early in their formation an early treatment program is possible and will be the best option.