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 Lump on Side of the Foot Near the Ankle: Causes & Best Treatment 2019

Do you have a lump on  the side of the foot near the ankle? 95% of the time we find that this is the 5th metatarsal or the subtalar joint. Find out what to do!

 

 

 

The Most Common Causes:

 

The 5th metatarsal styloid process:

  • This is the bone called the 5th metatarsal.
  • This is a normal bone that should be in your foot.
  • The peroneus brevis muscle tendon inserts into the base of this bone.
  • This is probably the most common cause of this lump.
  • It can get sore from rubbing on your shoe!
Lump on Side of the Foot Near the Ankle: Causes & Best Treatment
The most common cause of a lump on the side of your foot near the ankle is the styloid process. The 2nd most common cause is a fat herniation from the subtalar joint.

 

The Subtalar Joint:

 

  • The 2nd most common cause is fat herniating out from your subtalar joint.
  • This is a harmless condition.
  • If you have a soft lump that is not a bone, this is fatty tissue.
  • This squeeze out below your ankle if you are carrying some extra fat padding and you are flat footed.

 

Outside of the ankle pain and below the outside of the ankle pain
There are many structures along the outside of your foot. Beyond the 5th metatarsal styloid process, there is your peroneal tendons, the fibula and fatty tissue that can herniate out of your subtalar joint. This is why it may be a good idea to see your podiatrist!

 

Other Lesser Causes:

Ganglion cyst is the most common smaller cause for a lump on side of the foot near ankle.

A Ganglion cyst is a fluid filled sack that can range is size from a pea to a golf ball. These usually need to be drained or surgically removed.

 

Can it be a bruise?

  • Contusions or bruises could be another causes for a lump on the side of the foot near ankle.
  • Bruises caused by injury usually cause swelling and pain.
  • This can occur in soft tissue, muscle, organs and even bone.
  • Mores serious conditions could occur such as tumors.

 

Can it be a tumor or cancer?

  • Theoretically it can be.
  • But this is probably like hitting the bad lottery, it is very rare.
  • But the only way to know for sure is to see your podiatrist and make 100% sure!

 

 

Treatment for lump on side of the foot near ankle

If you experiences a lump any wear in your foot it is highly recommend to have your feet examined by a doctor. Any lump could be serous and my require surgery.

Click on the links to find out what is causing this pain!

If your big toe is bent and you are having pain in your big toe.

If your big toe is straight, if you have difficulty bending it due to a big lump and you are still having pain to this site.

If the central three toes in your foot are still hurting.

Click this link if you think you jammed your big toe and it is causing you to walk on the side of your foot.

Click on this link if you think the entire front of your foot is aching.

If it is mostly underneath your second toe that is hurting.

If the majority of your pain is coming from the fifth toe.

If the pain is in the front, but mostly on the outside of your foot.

If it is in the middle of the foot but mostly on top.

If you think arthritis is what is causing this pain.

If you get cramps or spasms during the day.

If you have a very long second toe that is causing you pain.

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