A Tailor’s bunion is an enlargement of the fifth metatarsophalangeal joint on the lateral side of the foot. It is the opposite if the traditional bunion that occurs on the medial side of the foot:
It got the name “Tailor’s” as they were assumed to be more common in those who wear shoes and sit cross legged. The sitting cross legged put substantially more pressure on the little toe and irritates that lateral side of the foot. This posture was commonly used by tailor’s historically when they did their work:
In the past, tailors played a significant role in society. Before the advent of mass production and ready-to-wear clothing, most garments were handmade by tailors. They would receive measurements from clients, select the appropriate fabric, and cut and sew the garments by hand. Tailors were highly skilled artisans who took pride in their craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Tailors were also responsible for garment alterations and repairs. They could adjust the fit of a garment to ensure it looked flattering on the wearer or modify existing clothing to accommodate changes in size or style preferences. Tailors were skilled in various techniques such as adjusting seams, taking in or letting out fabric, replacing buttons, and mending tears or rips.