There are several joint conditions that could be mistaken for a bunionette when they occur at the base of your little toe. Swelling caused by arthritis, a ganglion cyst, gout, and bursitis can look like a bunionette to the untrained eye. In order to know for sure whether the pain and swelling you are experiencing is a bunionette or one of these other common conditions, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
As an experienced foot doctor, Dr. K can examine your foot and take X-rays to see what's going on inside your foot. He will not only tell you what is causing your discomfort but, if it is a bunionette, he can tell you how far advanced the condition is and talk to you about your treatment options.