A bunionette is a bump that occurs near the base of the little toe on the foot. They are not as common as bunions, a similar condition that develops near the base of the big toe. However, people with bunionettes often have bunions as well. Pressure from poor fitting shoes is a common cause of bunionettes, as well as inherited bone structure problems.
A bunionette occurs when the bones at the base of the little toe move out of position. Long-term irritation causes an enlargement that looks like a bump on the little toe. The bump can be red, swollen and painful. Your skin may become irritated and break open or bleed. Walking, bending your toe or wearing shoes may make your symptoms worse.