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What to do if I think I might have a small tailor bunion on my pinky toe. What can I do to help it?

What to do if I think I might have a small tailor bunion on my pinky toe. What can I do to help it?

Surgery, inserts.: Unfortunately, there are no braces or exercises to get rid of a tailor's bunion. If you elect to have surgery, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Depending on the angle of your bones (you'll need an x-ray), there are many different procedures to choose from to correct your foot. If you would rather, cortisone injections to the joint or orthotics can improve symptoms. ...Read more

Big Toe Pain (Definition)

A description of a discomforting feeling in or around the area of the big or great toe. This pain may sometimes be accompanied with swelling, redness or ...Read more


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I'm starting to think I might have a small tailor bunion on my pinky toe. What can I do to help it?

I'm starting to think I might have a small tailor bunion on my pinky toe. What can I do to help it?

See a podiatrist: A tailor's bunion occurs on the side of the metatarsal head before you get to the toe. Best help is to keep pressure off of it with wearing a wide shoe, or put a pad around it.
Best to get it checked by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the side of my pinky toe. It's very hard and it hurts when I wear shoes. Is it a corn or a bunion? What can I do about it.

I have a bump on the side of my pinky toe. It's very hard and it hurts when I wear shoes. Is it a corn or a bunion? What can I do about it.

Corn on toe: Hard skin forming on a toe is called a corn. It is caused by the bone rubbing against something, in your case a shoe. To treat this problem the source of irritation must be removed. Stretch shoes over this spot, pad your toe, or surgery to change the position if the bone in your toe. You should have this confirmed by a podiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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Pain on the outside of my foot up near my pinky toe. Almost like an outer bunion. Little knob there & sharp pain to the touch. What could this be?

Pain on the outside of my foot up near my pinky toe. Almost like an outer bunion. Little knob there & sharp pain to the touch. What could this be?

Tailor's Bunion: Basically this sounds like a tailor's bunion or 'bunionette.' you can stretch your shoes, wear paddings over it, take pills to mask the pain, or have it surgically corrected. See a podiatrist for x-rays and details. ...Read more

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What's the difference between corns and bunions? My pinky toes look inflammed at the top.

Big difference: A corn is simply a build up with keratotic/thick skin, usually overlying a joint or bone prominence. A bunion is a prominence of bone at the large toe joint (metatarsal phalangeal joint). Your toes are probably inflamed from the toes becoming irritated by tight shoes. If the pain persists, a professional evaluation should be scheduled. ...Read more

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What is the circle on my pinky toe?

What is the circle on my pinky toe?

Likely a corn: That can be filed with an emory board. ...Read more

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What could be causing my pinky toe to spasm randomly?

What could be causing my pinky toe to spasm randomly?

Possible: Vitamin deficiency like magnesium or potassium. Recommend you see a foot doc who can rule that out along with any biomechanical possible cause. ...Read more

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Can you dislocate your pinky toe?

Can you dislocate your pinky toe?

Yes: You can dislocate any toe and or any finger. Any joint for that matter can be dislocated. ...Read more

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I have a broken or dislocated pinky toe?

I have a broken or dislocated pinky toe?

Get an x-ray.: See a doctor and go for an x-ray. Depending on how long ago it happened and exactly where the fracture is (most pinky toes have 3 bones) will determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

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My pinky toe has a blister. Should I pop it?

My pinky toe has a blister. Should I pop it?

Maybe not: Probably best to cover it with a loose bandage and allow it to heal on its own. This is particularly true if you have underlying diabetes, cancer or the blister being due to conditions such as chickenpox. ...Read more

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Wht can I do to heal the crack skin under my pinky toe?

Wht can I do to heal the crack skin under my pinky toe?

Cream: If there is no infection and it is just dry skin, use a urea cream. Make sure there is no possibility of athlete's foot or a bacterial infection. If it does hurt please see a physician. ...Read more

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My pinky toe is swollen and the swelling won't go down. What might help?

My pinky toe is swollen and the swelling won't go down. What might help?

May need Xrayfrac: When just the 5th digit is swollen I would think of a fracture depending on how much pain you are having. You should see a podiatrist for an exam and xrays. ...Read more

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Broken or fractured pinky toe? It's swollen. How to tell the difference.

X-rays: The best way to tell if it is broken and not just swollen is to have radiographs taken. ...Read more

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I have a hard kind of pimple on the bottom of my pinky toe it is skin. ..?

Several options: Depending on what the pimple or bump looks like, you could have an insect bite of some sort, a cyst, stepped on something. There are a variety of things it could be. If it is painful or creating problems get checked out by a podiatrist. If it is getting bigger or changing colors definitly get checked out. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a purple/black spot on the tip of your pinky toe?

What does it mean when you have a purple/black spot on the tip of your pinky toe?

See below: It could just be a hematoma from a bruise or it could be more serious such as an melanoma.

See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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I've a swollen red and itchy pinky toe for the past few days. Do u know what this could be?

I've a swollen red and itchy pinky toe for the past few days. Do u know what this could be?

Many things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the left side of my right pinky toe. It is red and swollen. What is it?

Could be anything: It really could be anything ranging from an injury to a soft tissue or bony growth, a callous or even a foreign body. Without a proper physical examination, you will not be able to tell what it is. It would be best to consult with your healthcare provider or podiatrist to determine what is going on with this toe. ...Read more

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My sons pinky toe got slammed in our front door. It's bleeding and throbbing. What can I do for him?

Take to the ER: It needs to be checked to make sure there is no fracture or laceration requiring stitches. ...Read more

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My pinky toe is swollen and red. It is painful to touch as well. What could be the cause of this problem?

????: More info would certainly be helpful. New pair of shoes? Bump it and possibly broken? ...Read more

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Can you have a corn in between your fourth toe and your pinky toe and if so what can I do to get rid of it?

Yes- common: It is very possible to have a corn between the 4th and 5th toes, usually caused by a bone spur or a toe out of place. A podiatrist can remove the corn but it will return. You can use toe spacers, the gels are better. Last resort- surgery ...Read more

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My pinky toes have become tender to the touch and appears swollen out of no where especially my right pinky toe?

My pinky toes have become tender to the touch and appears swollen out of no where especially my right pinky toe?

Check your shoe size: Make sure that your shoes are not causing this swelling from not being wide enough for your foot? At the end of the day this can be more pronounced than when you get up, and are walking around barefoot. If it has been a chronic problem, you need to see your PCP or your podiatrist to have this evaluated further. Since it's bilateral (both feet), it will be easier to treat together & may be simple. ...Read more

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I hit my pinky toe twice 2-3 weeks ago and it still hurts. When will my toe stop hurting? It is just super sore still.

I hit my pinky toe twice 2-3 weeks ago and it still hurts. When will my toe stop hurting? It is just super sore still.

We can not predict: It is difficult to say for us as to when will it start hurting, without knowing the extent and severity of the injury. If it is very painful, it needs to be examined and if indicated xrays might be needed to rule out fracture. So get it checked by your doctor ...Read more

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