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Bunionette Deformity
J Korean Foot Ankle Soc. 2013;17:1-10
Published online March 1, 2013
© 2013 J Korean Foot Ankle Soc.

Kim, Yoon-Chung;Ahn, Jae Hoon

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Received January 18, 2013; Revised February 7, 2013; Accepted February 14, 2013.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The bunionette, or a 'tailor's bunion', is a lateral bony prominence of the fifth metatarsal head. A bony deformity itself rarely causes symptom but if a painful inflammation of the overlying soft tissue is accompanied, it needs treatment. Conservative care using a shoe modification, padding, or orthosis is effective in most cases. Surgical management is indicated when the conservative methods have failed to improve symptoms, and the techniques include exostectomy, metatarsal osteotomies (distal, diaphyseal, or proximal), metatarsal head resection or fifth ray resection. We reviewed the etiology, clinical features, radiographic classification, nonoperative and operative treatments of the bunionette
Keywords : Fifth metatarsal; Bunionette; Osteotomy; Exostectomy

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