A bunionette is a bump at the base of your little toe caused by a misalignment of the bones in the foot. The pain and discomfort it causes can be managed with at-home treatments until the misalignment becomes more extreme.

At first, non-surgical treatments like changing to shoes that have a wider toe box will ease the discomfort. The bunionette can also be padded with over-the-counter bunion cushions, which will require a shoe with a wide-enough toe area. If your bunionette becomes inflamed, then you would need to put an icepack on it. A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Aleve can also help. For short-term relief before an important event like a wedding or a race, Dr. K can inject a corticosteroid into the area to help bring down the inflammation and relieve pain.