Lateral Foot Pain

Lateral Foot Pain: Lateral foot pain is most common in 3 areas. The 5th toe, the lateral arch & the lateral side of the heel.

Lateral Foot Pain Causes:

  • The lateral side of your foot is known as the rigid lever.
  • Since this part of the foot is rigid and composed of bone: compression & irritation of nerve tissue is very likely.
  • Nerve compression may lead to numbness, burning, tingling or sharp pain.
  • This can also lead to compression of the soft tissue.
  • This compression of the soft tissue can lead to aching and bruising.

Lateral Foot Pain Near The Pinky Toe:

It is very common to get sharp pain, numbness, burning or tingling in the 5th toe:

Lateral Foot Pain
Lateral toe pain in the 5th toe is mostly causes numbness, burning and tingling!


A)5th Toe Numbness, burning or tingling:

  • This most common after standing, walking or running.
  • This is usually associated due to compression of the 5th metatarsal against the shoe.
  • Consider wearing a larger shoe in the front.


B) 5th Toe Callus, Bump Or Corn:

  • Calluses or corns can really cause pain!


C)Pinky Toe Sprain:

  • It is also very possible to sprain or injure your pinky toe.
  • It you jammed it very hard, consider a sprain!
Lateral Foot Pain
Lateral Foot Pain is most common at the 5th metatarsal phalangeal joint. This is a bunion of the outside of the foot!



At the front of the foot you can develop a bunion at the outside of the foot by the base of the toes.

  • The pain can be relieved with 5th toe bunion padding & shoe accommodation.
  • But in the end only surgery will permanently correct the deformity.

2)Lateral Foot Pain 5th Metatarsal:

Lateral foot pain 5th metatarsal is usually due to one of two very common problems.

A) Peroneus Brevis Tendonitis:

  • This is the most common source of injury.
  • This is a tendon that inserts into the outside of your foot.
  • It can become irritated very easily.
 lateral plantar foot pain
Lateral plantar foot pain at the outside of the foot can be due to the peroneus brevis. The insertion can become irritated and cause pain!

B) Jones Fracture:

  • Jones fracture is a break in the base of the fifth metatarsal of the foot.
  • You can feel it on the side of your foot right around the middle.
  • This is a notoriously difficult part of the foot to heal because the Peroneus Brevis Muscle is always pulling it apart.
lateral foot pain 5th metatarsal
Lateral foot pain 5th metatarsal can be due to a jones fracture. This is a very difficult fracture to heal as there is poor blood flow to this area. It may require months of treatment.


3)Dorsal Lateral Foot Pain:

  • Outside of the Ankle & Below the Ankle pain is very common.
  • This can be due to previously sprained ankles, instability, bone pain, tendonitis or pain after running.
Dorsal Lateral Foot Pain
Dorsal Lateral Foot Pain near the ankle can frequently be caused due to chronic ankle sprains. This can lead to weak ligaments, peroneus brevis tenderness and other sources of pain.

Consider the following causes:



Lateral Foot Pain Running:

  • This is also most common felt as a sharp, numbness, burning or tingling feeling.
  • This is nerve compression due to excess pain and friction.
  • This is almost always at the 5th toe or pinky toe.
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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.