A tailor's bunion is very similar to a bunion of the big toe joint. As the name suggests this condition was named because a tailor would sit with their legs crossed allowing the outside of the foot to rub against the floor causing irritation and inflammation (swelling).
The incidence of a tailor's bunion is much higher in women than in men. There are genetic factors and biomechanical factors, however this condition is commonly thought to be due to shoe fashion. Wearing narrow-toed shoes and high heels may accelerate the formation of the tailor's bunion due to the extra pressure put on the outside of the foot.
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