What is quintus varus?
Quintus varus, also known as tailor’s bunion or bunionette, is caused by an inflammation of the fifth metatarsal, the bone at the base of the little toe. It involves the same phenomenon as hallux valgus (bunion), which affects the big toe.
How can it be recognized?
It is recognized by an inflammation causing pain and redness at the base of the little toe. It is easy to diagnose: a protrusion forms on the toe, leading to widening of the outer edge of the foot.
Where does it come from?
Quintus varus is often caused by a congenital malformation. Due to a faulty foot structure, the bone of the little toe shifts outward while pushing the toe inward.
Treatment solutions for quintus varus
- Opt for a foot orthosis
A foot orthosis with a metatarsal dome reduces the pressure and the load on the little toe during walking while controlling pronation.
- Choose an orthopedic shoe
It is recommended to wear an adapted shoe that respects the anatomy of the foot, limits flexion of the little toe and reduces pressure on the forefoot. The features to prefer are a heel lower than one inch and a thick sole, ideally a rocker sole.