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Study Shows Surgery for Tailor's Bunion is 96 Percent Successful

New Research Reported in Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery

PARK RIDGE, Ill., Feb. 13, 2003 Ė Surgical treatment for tailorís bunion, a painful bony protrusion behind the little toe, has proven to be 96 percent successful in correcting the deformity, according to research reported in the current issue of the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (JFAS), a publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Also known as bunionettes, tailorís bunions develop from an enlargement of the joint behind the little toe and they occur mainly in women.  The enlarged joint can worsen from pre-existing arthritic joint inflammation, bone structure abnormalities that cause joint instability, and wearing high heels or other narrow-fitting shoes. 

Common symptoms are pain and inflammation in the little-toe area, gait abnormalities, discomfort from wearing dress shoes, lesions on the little toe, ulceration and infection. Those with persistent symptoms that canít be relieved by taking anti-inflammatory drugs or wearing wider shoes are best treated with surgery.

In the JFAS study, the outcome for 96 percent of feet operated on to correct a tailorsí bunion was rated as excellent or good. ďItís a highly effective but simple outpatient procedure using local anesthesia, with a short recuperative time in a surgical shoe,Ē said Leigh Harvey, DPM, AACFAS, a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon based in Carrollton, Texas. ďGiven the outstanding success of surgical treatment, thereís no reason anyone should endure persistent pain from a tailorís bunion.Ē

There are several surgical procedures to correct tailorís bunion, which include shaving excess bone to remove the bunionette and procedures to realign the joint behind the little toe.  A podiatric foot and ankle surgeon will determine the best surgical technique based on the patientís foot type, activity level, age and other factors. 

For information on bunions and other forefoot conditions and to locate a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon in your area, contact ACFAS toll-free at 1-888-THE FEET or at www.acfas.org.

This press release article was provided by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).


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