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Bunion & Bunionette

Bunion & Bunionette

Bunions will not just go away on their own, but this does not mean that your lifestyle has to be affected.

Bunion or Tailor’s Bunion?

Are you struggling to walk and exercise? Aching and painful feet from standing up all day at your job? This could be caused by a bunion either at the base of your big toe or a tailor’s bunion also known as a bunionette that forms alongside your little toe.

Bunions will not just go away on their own, but this does not mean that your lifestyle has to be affected.


What causes bunions?

A very common foot problem, bunions are identified by a bump over the side of the big toe joint. This condition may be genetic and affects both males and females but more common in adult females although it can occur in teenagers. It may be very painful when wearing shoes, it also affects a person’s self-esteem and limits their choice of footwear. If left untreated, further problems can develop such as interdigital corns, calluses, hammertoes, metatarsalgia and Morton’s neuroma.

There is a high chance that permanent damage may occur over time in the joint and arthritis may develop as a result of the deformity if not treated.

Tailor Bunion (Bunionette) Causes

The exact causes of Tailor’s bunion are still unknown but believed to be caused by a faulty mechanical structure of the foot and aggravated by narrow shoes. Tailor’s bunion results in the bony framework of the foot and a bump on the outside of the foot that is painful and irritated when your shoe presses against it.

A tailor’s bunion can also be a bony spur (an outgrowth of bone) on the side of the fifth metatarsal head.

If you are in pain and suspect you have a bunion or bunionette an early diagnosis and treatment are recommended as there are non-surgical treatments available. These include releasing pressure from the bunion area with devices, orthotics and making footwear/lifestyle changes.


Surgery is advised if non-surgical treatment fails.

Minimally Invasive Bunion & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery Gold Coast & Brisbane

What is Minimally Invasive (keyhole) bunion surgery?

Minimally invasive bunion surgery involves small keyhole incisions (<3mm), which results in less post-operative pain, faster recovery, and less stiffness at the big toe compared to traditional open bunion surgery involving large incision (~5 cm) and more dissections resulting in more soft tissue damages.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery may be an alternative to traditional open surgery for some patients and this will depend on the type and severity of the bunion. Dr Kim in Brisbane and Gold Coast Foot Surgery will advise if you are a good candidate for Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Bunion Surgery during your consultation. (Book an appointment with Dr Kim)

* Not all bunions or Tailor’s bunions are candidates for Minimally Invasive Surgery due to the complex and severity of the condition. If you are not a candidate, Dr Kim still offers traditional open surgery to warrant the best outcome.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery offers several advantages over traditional bunionectomy. Modern advances in minimally invasive bunion surgery techniques and technology have allowed:

  • Tiny incisions
  • Immediate weightbearing (No more moon boot/CAM walker)
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Shorter operative time
  • Overall easier recovery

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Podiatric Surgeon Dr Kim is the leading surgeon for Foot Surgery in Brisbane and Gold Coast, contact him today to see if you are a good candidate for bunion or tailor’s bunion keyhole surgery

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A GP referral is welcome however it is not essential for your appointment


Dr Ji Soo Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon) BPodM UWA,DClinPod UWA

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Dr Kim has two offices one located in Upper Mount Gravatt, Brisbane. The other in Southport, Gold Coast.

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