Tailor´s Bunion


Supporting our weight, the feet are a very important part of the body, and they must be afforded the attention they deserve, as they bear the brunt of walking, tight-fitting shoes, walking barefoot, and exercise, etc.

Deformities of the foot are painful, not to mention the root of aesthetic issues that can affect our daily lives.

Tailor´s bunion, or a bunionette, is the counterpart of a bunion, located on the little toe.

The condition takes its name from tailors themselves. In years gone by, tailors would hand sew whilst sat on the floor with their feet crossed, leading to a corn on the outer edge of the foot.

Surgery duration

20 minutes


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There are various surgical techniques used to correct tailor´s bunion, but in everyday practice, it is often limited to filing down the bone protrusion. With the technique that we employ at Clínica Planas, in addition to removing the protrusion, we realign the toe and re-establish the proper shape and function of the foot. 

A minimally invasive surgical technique

With only the need for small 1 mm incisions, the surgery leaves no scarring whatsoever, employing a technique that enables foot deformities to be corrected by realigning the bone entirely without the use of unnecessary osteotomies. Our regard for tissues and bone completeness is reflected in: a restoration of the foot´s shape and function, as well as immediate recovery with minimal post-operative discomfort.


The surgery is carried out using local anaesthetic

  • No scarring 
  • No post-operative pain 
  • No crutches 
  • No orthopaedic shoes 
  • No hospital admission 
  • Immediate return to social and working life 
  • Return to sporting activity at two months 
  • Permanent, conclusive result - Outpatient surgery 
  • Painless 

Use of personal footwear following surgery

As an outpatient procedure, the operation is much simpler 

It lasts approximately 20 minutes and is carried out using local anaesthetic 

Less invasive, no scarring 

Lower risk of infection, pseudoarthrosis (no osteotomy scarring), etc. 

Quicker rehabilitation - patients can wear open-toe shoes immediately afterwards 

Less painful, as the bone is simply repositioned, not cut 

There is the option to carry out combined foot surgeries, along with other foot pathologies and deformities, such as claw toes, hammer toe, Morton´s neuroma, metatarsalgia, etc. 


In an initial assessment visit and after careful gathering of clinical data, a thorough examination of the foot, as well as diagnostic testing, we will reach a definitive diagnosis making it possible to address each pathology with the utmost assurance.


The operation requires a small amount of care in the following days. Upon discharge, the patient will be informed of the care that must be taken following the operation, as well as the exercise they can carry out at home to prevent the toe from becoming stiff.


Having been performed on the bone and involved an anatomical correction, there is no risk of recurrence if the operation is carried out without incident.

The word “laser” is a colloquial term that was promoted in years gone by, when in reality the technique is “percutaneous”. 

The instrumentation used for this type of surgery is a small rotating drill, not a beam of laser light. 

Secret Bridge is a percutaneous technique that makes it possible to correct the bunion without cutting the bone. 

Expert opinion

Dr. Fabio D'Angelo

Dr. Fabio D'Angelo

The osteotomy-free, percutaneous correction for tailor´s bunion is an innovative technique - free from post-operative pain - that requires no form of additional care. Patients are able to return to their daily lives with very few restrictions in the weeks immediately following the operation.


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