Pain on Outside of Foot Near Little Toe: Causes & Best Treatment
The most common cause for pain on the outside of foot near the little toe is a tailors bunion. A tailors bunion means the bone that connects to your baby toe has shifted outward or has become inflamed.
Most common causes:
- These are patches of thickened skin on her toes or in between the toes.
- Paragraph this is like having a hard rock in your shoe that never goes away.
- Corns are like more focused and concentrated calluses.
- These are like pebbles that form a spike through your skin.
- These are enlargements of bone due to tension or pressure on the foot.
- Surgery is rarely required, these are usually helped with good shoes.
- A tailors bunion can cause rubbing inside your shoes around your baby toe.
- This can create unwanted callous formation causing even more pressure.
- In most cases the tailors bunion starts of small and as you age the bunion gets more inflamed and tender.
- If you cause too much strain to your foot during activities such as running or exercise it is possible to obtain a fracture to your fifth metatarsal.
- As we age our feet take a lot of wear and tear.
- Doing daily things such as walking can cause arthritis. Arthritis can form in any bone in your body.
- Inflammation of the fifth metatarsal can be very painful as your feet hold all of your weight as you stand or do most activities.
- The hammertoe is when the tendons abnormally pull on the toe.
- This causes the tote to bend in a fixed position.
- This is a symptom of not enough support, and your toe getting crushed and bent against the side of your foot over long period of time.
- This is a very common problem to have.
- If your toes turning dark purple, or just really bruised: it is possible to have a sprained or broken toe.
- It is even more important to get pressure off the fifth toe and protected.
- We prefer good supportive shoes, with mesh around where the fifth toe us.
Symptoms can vary depending on the cause.
The most common symptoms include:
- Sharp, shooting tingling pain.
- Numbness, burning and tingling.
- Pain that gets worse off standing for long time.
- Pain gets worse in tight shoes.
- Pain that gets worse while standing on hard surfaces.
- There are silicone sleeves that can be placed along the outside of your foot to help cushion and prevent less friction.
- You want to avoid wearing shoes that are tight around the toes, such as high heels and shoes that have a pointy toe box.
- It is best to wear shoes that have mess or a wider toe box. You can ice the affected area up to ten minutes at time and three times a day may help relieve pain.
- If the pain is persistent seek out your podiatrist for the best treatment possible as surgery may bee needed.
- In some cases injections may also be an option for treatment as this can relieve pain and help shrink swelling.
Best Gel Pads:
These are the best gel pads.
Get Great Shoes:
- Getting a great supportive pair of shoes will make sure that there is pressure removed outside of your foot
- This is especially important if you have a plantar fasciitis, flat feet or weak ankles.
- Consider shoes combined with a good supportive orthotics for best pain relief!
- The following link will show you what our favorites are.
The real key to fix outside of the foot pain in order:
1) Most important is a good orthotic for your shoe.
- Give these 1-2 weeks of effort and you will really notice the pain relief.
- This does not instantly fix the pain, but prevents future damage.
2) Gel pad to offload the toe.
- This will give your toes some cushion to keep pressure off the toes.
- Read below to see the specific gel pads for each specific condition.
3) Ankle brace for the most possible correction.
- Check the recommended braces below.
- For ankle pain this is almost guaranteed to improve your problem
4)Menthol based cream for pain relief.
- Creams and gels like biofreeze act like ice but save you 20 minutes!
- Check below for our recommended pain relief options.
- Menthol based creams have been studied medically and shoe safety and excellent results.
- This is not fluff, these are scientifically backed!
- Biofreeze is cost effective an shows great results.
- This is more for people who have difficulty sleeping or walking due to significant issues.
Our Recommended Orthotics To Stop Outward Compression:
- Orthotics are the single most important way to improve your outside of the foot pain, Seriously!
- Most people don’t think orthotics will fix their foot pain.
- Besides trauma, 95% of all 5th toe, middle of the foot and outside of the ankle pain can be improved with orthotics.
- This is because orthotics help your foot from twisting out and compressing against your shoe when you walk.
- Don’t take our word for it, read the reviews!
Most Important Tips For Orthotics:
- Make sure you have a roomy enough shoe.
- I’m warning you right now, don’t try to stuff a full length orthotic into a tiny tight shoe, it won’t work.
- If you have tighter or dress shoes: try the dress shoe or 3/4″ orthotics.
These orthotics are for slimmer shoes, without laces:
- If you are tight in the front of your shoes, or the shoes are tighter, these 3/4″ might be the best choice for you.
- But if you have a choice, the full length orthotics are much, much more supportive!
- So if you wear work boots or running shoes, get the full length, they get you more support.
Full length orthotics give you the most correction and improvement:
- If you have roomy enough shoes like running shoes or work boots. Get a full length orthotic.
- They cushion under the front of your foot and prevent it from twisting out against the outside of your shoe as much as possible.
- These are one of the best possible options for medium and heavy duty correction!
Dress Shoe orthotics:
- These are premium leather orthotic recommendations for dress shoes.
- If you have a tight dress shoe get the 3/4″ orthotic.