The primary difference between a bunion and a bunionette is location. A bunion is a bump that forms on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe, as the toe drifts toward the second digit. A bunionette is the reverse: a bump forms at the outside of the foot at the base of the pinky toe, as the pinky toe drifts towards the fourth digit.
Both conditions share similar causes (faulty foot structures exacerbated by narrow or unsupportive footwear), similar symptoms (pain, swelling, and risk of complications like corns and blisters), and similar treatment methods.
There’s another similarity: both conditions are treated by the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Center. If you notice a bump forming at the base of your first or fifth digit, give us a call at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572 and schedule an appointment at one of our Greater Cincinnati locations.