Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot

Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot: The Most common cause of a bump on the middle side of your foot are a bunionette & the 5th metatarsal styloid process.

Causes Of Outside Of The Foot Lump or Bumps:

The outside of the foot is called the rigid lever. This is because it is mostly rigid bone.

  • This makes it very likely to have bumps or lumps.
  • The most common causes are the 5th metatarsal.
  • This is a bone with two ends that can become prominent in the outside of the foot.


Lump On Side Of Foot
A On Lump On Side Of Foot is usually on the 5th metatarsal. This can happen at the beginning or the 2nd of the metatarsal.


Treatment of A Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot:

Most bumps or lumps on the side of the foot do not need to be treatment.

The majority of the time these masses are not tumors but normal part of your anatomy.

The most common times we see people come to our office concerned about a tumor or a strange bump, it is simply a normal part of anatomy that looks a little bit bigger on their foot.

The most common lumps and bumps I see are the 5th metatarsal and the side of the ankle.


Treatment Algorithm:


A) Physical examination:


  • Examining the foot will almost immediately let us know if something unusually is happening to the foot.
  • This can be difficult to do if you don’t look at hundreds of feet every day!
  • Usually we can tell if something is supposed to be there almost immediately.
  • Read the list below to make sure your foot looks normal!


B) X-Ray of your foot:


  • An X-ray can usually be better than advanced imaging for bone assessment.
  • You don’t need to jump straight to an MRI.
  • An X-ray can usually do a great job if there is a foreign object or if there is an extremely large bone prominence.
  • 90% of the time an X-ray is the only imaging you will need.
  • This is something we can get for you while your are in the office.


C)MRI if we suspect a soft tissue tumor or injury:


  • If there is something unusually happening, we may choose to order an MRI.
  • An MRI is ordered within the hospital and is subject to insurance approval, so it can be slow and painful to get for some insurances even if needed.
  • We can do an in office ultrasound, but generally if we are concerned, an MRI would be the choice diagnostic image.
  • The actual need in the real world for an MRI in this case is extremely low.


D) Soft Tissue or Bone Biopsy:


  • If something unusual is visualized on MRI or X-ray, the last step may be to make 100% that it is not something dangerous.
  • If you have more of a cystic mass, this may be done in the office with a needle aspiration.
  • But if you have a true bone tumor or concerning mass/lump/bump, we may need to grab a sample in the operating room.
  • If you do have a true cancerous mass, the best thing to do would be to get a second opinion from an oncology specialist.
  • We don’t take any chances in that case!
  • Follow this link for more on bone and cancerous tumors.

1) Bump At The 5th metatarsal head:


A foot bump at the outside front of the foot is usually a bunionette.

Bump On Side Of Foot
A bump on front outside of the foot is usually do to a tailor’s bunion or a bunionette.
  • This is also known as a tailor’s bunion.
  • This is exactly like a normal bunion, but occurs at the 5th toe, not the big toe.
  • The causes & treatments are almost identical to the big toe bunion.
  • The pain can be controlled long term with home treatment.
  • It may be a good idea to get a pair of shoes wider in the front.
  • But the only way to remove the pain permanently is to eventually get surgery.


Symptoms of a Bump at the front outside of the foot:

  • Swelling, redness and pain.
  • Numbness, burning or tingling of the little toe.
  • This numbness is due to nerve compression against the shoe.
  • This can lead to pain against the edge of the shoe.
  • Pain is better when you take your shoes off.



2)The 5th metatarsal Styloid Process (Bump on middle outside of foot):

A foot bump on the middle outside of the foot is the styloid process.

Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot
Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot in the middle of the outside foot is usually the styloid process. Here is it fractured, which would need medical attention. But if it is pain free, then there is nothing to worry about.
  • If it is painful, this is known as a Jones fracture.
  • This can present as a bump on the middle outside of the foot.
  • If it is just a large bump, this is absolutely normal and nothing to worry about.
  • If it is excessively large, you may have an extra bone called an os vesalanium.
  • It is also possible to have a very high arched foot.
  • If you have a very high arch, this is called cavus foot and the styloid process is very prominent.


Bump on middle outside of foot


Symptoms of a Bump on the middle or front outside of the foot:

  • Swelling, redness and pain.
  • Numbness, burning or tingling of the little toe.
  • This numbness is due to nerve compression against the shoe.
  • This can lead to pain against the edge of the shoe.
  • Pain is better when you take your shoes off.



Outside of the Ankle Bump or Lump:

Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot
Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot at the ankle is known as the lateral malleolus. This is the fibula bone.

Ankle sprains happen when you roll your foot in:






Good luck with your Bump Or Lump On Side Of Foot!

If you are having pain with a bump on the middle side of your foot: Consider styloid process pain.



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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.