Tailor’s Bunion Surgery

Fifth Metatarsal Osteotomy

A fifth metatarsal osteotomy is often used to treat a Tailor’s Bunion (Bunionette).

An incision will be made around the Bunionette, the exact location will depend on the shape of the bony prominence. Via this single incision, excess bone growth (the Bunionette) is removed, which is followed by a shifting of the head of the bone inwards to decrease the width of the foot. A screw is used to keep the newly positioned bones in place while they heal.

Recovery following surgery will take place over 6-8 weeks, with a complete return to strenuous activity, such as sports, at 3 months. You can return to work between 2 – 6 weeks after the operation, depending on how active your job role is. You can typically return to driving at 6 weeks.