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Outside of the Foot Pain [Lateral Foot Pain]

Pain On The Outside Of Your Foot? [Causes & Best Treatment]

Do You Have Pain On Outside Of Your Foot? 95% of the time it is due to your foot turning out. We share the Best Treatment SECRET to FIX this at HOME!

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  • We will show you an animated diagnosis & treatment guide, photos and the best FAST treatment options for outside of the foot pain.
  • These are simple & EASY options that we have seen success with.
  • Also included is our outside of the foot pain video guide!

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sprained pinky toe broken pinky toe

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  • Fifth toe pain usually has nothing wrong with the bone unless it has recently been broken. The pain usually results from pressure against the front of the shoe causing a callous or ingrown toenail.
  • The fifth toe joint can cause a Tailor’s bunion to occur. This can also result in nerve pain and arthritis of the fifth toe joint.
  • The bone connecting to the fifth toe is called the fifth metatarsal. It is possible to develop a stress fracture or “Jones” fracture.
  • It is also possible to have pain along the tendons and nerves along the outside of the ankle from pressure against the outside of the shoe.

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Causes Of Pain On Outside Of Foot:

The outside of your foot is a hard rigid beam of bone compared to the inside of the foot.

  • This is more likely to cause tissue irritation.
  • Irritation leads to  nerve compression.
  • Bone compression will be more of a sore and aching pain.
  • Nerve compression can act as numbness, burning or tingling.
  • It is also possible to have tendon pain, stress fractures or broken bones!
Outside of the foot pain
Outside of the foot pain most commonly occurs at the 5th toe, the 5th metatarsal, the styloid process and the outside of the ankle.

 

Symptoms of Outside Of The Foot Pain:

The symptoms to this are usually compression. This can lead to:

  • Numbness.
  • Burning.
  • Tingling.
  • Sore red skin.
  • It can get so sore that any touching to the site can cause pain.

 

Summary of Causes & Home Treatment Guides:

Read further to learn about these:

1)Outside of the 5th toe pain:

  • Pinky toe pain due to compression.
  • Specific 5th toe injuries.
  • Tailor’s bunion or bunionette.

 

2)Outside of the middle of the foot pain (outside the arch):

  • Peroneus brevis tendonitis.
  • 5th metatarsal due to compression.
  • 5th metatarsal injuries.

 

Outside of the foot pain
Do you have 5th metatarsal pain? This is one of the most common causes of outside of the foot pain.

 

3)Outside of the ankle pain:

  • Peroneal tendon pain.
  • Subtalar Joint Pain.
  • Ankle Tendon Pain.
Outside of the ankle pain
Outside of the ankle pain usually occurs at the head of the fibula. But it can also be the subtalar joint or the peroneal tendons.

 

Foot Pain Outside Edge Of Pinky (5th) Toe:

 

Pinky toe pain is extremely common:

  • The most common reason the pinky toe becomes painful is because it is becoming compressed in the front of your shoe.
  • You can see that if you step on the ground while barefoot, your font drift so to the side towards the outside of your body.

 

What Can Lead To Pinky Toe Compression & Pain?

  • You can imagine that with a less supportive pair of shoes such as a pair of flats, a pair of sandals, or of poor running shoe or dress shoe, the foot will simply crush into the edge of the shoe.
  • When people come into our clinic and reevaluate them standing in their shoe, the fifth toe is almost always getting jammed against the edge of the shoe and all the other toes are crowding into it.

 

What else can outward foot rotation cause?

  • This leads to your fifth toe rotating underneath the fourth toe, and it can lead to symptoms such as numbness burning and tingling especially at night.
  • The symptoms develop because the toe is getting bruised up during the day, not because it is broken and not because you have some type of nerve disorder or deformity.

 

Quick Outside of the Foot Treatment Overview:

  • The #1 priority is to stop your foot from twisting outward in your shoe.
  • The best way to prevent your foot from twisting out is a very good supportive shoe combined with an orthotic.
  • This works for 95% of our patients.
  • This can seem counter-intuitive, because the best way to do this is an orthotic.
  • The second thing you should do is find a gel pad to take care of this problem.

 

Specific 5th Toe Injuries:

  • The outward rotation of the foot is the most common cause.
  • But these are more specific injuries that this could lead to:
Pinky toe and 5th toe pain
The fifth toe is the smallest toe on the foot. Sometimes your entire body weight can crush it against the side of the shoe. This can lead to numbness, burning and tingling.

 

A)5th Toe Numbness, burning or tingling:

  • This most common after standing, walking or running.
  • Numbness burning and tingling in the pinky toe does not mean that you have a lacerated nerve or some type of nerve disease. The most common cause of this by far is too much bruising swelling and pain during the day.
  • The reason you get numbness burning and tingling is because your nerve, just like your skin can get bruised and simply stop working properly. This is your nerves trying to tell your body that you’re taking way too much damage in something worse will happen.

 

Why is pain relief  a mistake?

  • A common mistake that people make is trying to numb this nerve pain, but all this will get you is further damage to the fifth toe site and a need for more pain medication.

 

The key is to find a permanent solution to prevent pain:

  • A better solution would be to prevent the fifth toe from jamming against the shoe in the first place, by wearing good supportive orthotics, and good supportive shoes.
  • Look above for our orthotic recommendations.
  • This is usually associated due to compression of the 5th metatarsal against the shoe.
  • You can also consider wearing a larger shoe in the front.

 

B) 5th Toe Callus, Bump Or Corn:

 

What can cause a callus, bump or corn to develop?

  • Calluses and core are also very common to have develop on the knuckle of the fifth toe joint.
  • Initially this callous or corn develop due to rubbing against the shoe, but now this is almost like a pebble that is stuck to your skin causing its own source of pain.

 

What can be done about this corn and callus?

  • If this is something that is causing tremendous pain, in our offices we could trim this down and correct your biomechanics and get you into some proper shoe gear.
  • Calluses and corns can feel like a pebble between your toes, this can lead to a blister and significant pain!
  • These should be treated.

 

How can you correct this permanently?

  • But the most important key is preventing the outward rotation of your foot, this stops it from developing in the first place!
  • The most common cause of developing a corn callous or bump on your fifth toe is due to many years or months of rubbing against the edge of your shoe. These bumps and skin disorders are simply a symptom of a larger biomechanical problem.
  • There is nothing wrong with your fifth toe, it is just taking a lot of abuse during the day.

 

C)Pinky Toe Sprain:

 

What is a pinky toe sprain?

  • It is also very possible to sprain or injure your pinky toe.
  • If you feel that you really did injure or bump your fifth toe, it is possible that you have a pinky toe sprain.
  • There are three grades of pinky toe sprain, these range from bruising, to partial tearing to full tearing. It is possible to even dislocate your toe or break it. If you do have a black or bruised pinky toe, it is possible that you even have a broken pinky toe.

 

How do you treat a pinky toe sprain?

  • The real key to treating a sprain pinky toe, is to prevent it from rubbing against the edge of your shoe. If you feel that it may be dislocated or more permanently damaged, at our clinics we can take an x-ray or an MRI to make sure that nothing further is going on.
  • A sprained or broken pinky toe can take many months to get completely better. We def see our patients who must work on their feet all day long struggle with this for numerous weeks or months. There definitely is no perfect solution, but to prevent damage from being done daily. Eventually you will healing you will feel significantly better.
  • It you jammed it very hard, consider a sprain!
  • The real key is gel pads and orthotics to stop outward twisting pressure.

 

D)Bunionette:

What is a tailor’s bunion or bunionette?

  • At the front of the foot you can develop a bunion at the outside of the foot by the base of the toes.
  • It is possible to develop a bunion tear fifth toe. This is something called the bunionette, it is an early dislocation of your fifth metatarsal phalangeal joint.
  • This is almost exactly like a bunion for your big toe joint. It happens due to flattening of your foot. It is very common to also develop a callus over this fifth toe joint. This callous or corn may also need to be trimmed down.

Tailors bunion pain

 

How do you treat a bunionette or tailor’s bunion at home?

  • The pain can be relieved with 5th toe bunion padding & shoe accommodation. But in the end only surgery will permanently correct the deformity.
  • We can usually avoid surgery on this fifth toe joint, we have tremendous success for our patients by making smart orthotic decisions, good gel padding and braces, and good shoe gear choices.
  • The pain to this protruding bone can always be made to feel better by correcting your biomechanics. Over 90% of the time we can avoid doing any type of surgery. We may have to x-ray or image this joint before making a good decision.

 

These are the recommended gel pads for all types of your fifth toe pain:

  • Read the reviews of each individual gel pad to see which are best for you problem!

Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Overall Gel Pad For 5th Toe Pain
Best Low Profile Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad.
Best Low Profile Option For 4-5th Corn/Interspace Pain.
Best Non-Walking Stretching Option.
Best Tailor’s Bunion(Bunionette) Sock!
Povihome 10 Pack Pinky Toe Separator & Protectors, Triple Gel Toe Separators for Overlapping Toe, Curled Pinky Toes Separate and Protect
Bunionette Corrector Pads - 4-Pack of 2 Small Pinky Toe Tailors Bunion Pain Relief Protectors with Premium Gel Cushions Plus 2 Toe Separators - Best Foot Orthotics and Toe Straightener Sleeve. Unisex
Natracure Advanced Gel Toe Separator (w/Toe Loop) - Toe Spacer - Small (1104-M CAT 2PK)
YogaToes GEMS: Gel Toe Stretcher & Toe Separator - America’s Choice for Fighting Bunions, Hammer Toes, More!
Doctor's Choice Bunion Relief Quarter Sock with Split Toe Separator and Soft Cushioning for Hallux Valgus, (White/Black, Medium) Womens Shoe Size: 6-10
Price:
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$10.90
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$29.95
$12.99
Overview:
Best Overall Gel Pad: For 5th Toe and Tailor’s Bunion Pain
Good Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad
Great Option For 4th-5th Toe Webspace Corns.
Great Heavy Duty Toe Separator (Not For Walking)
Price Range: $12+, Good value. Great reviews at 30+ reviews at 4.4/5
Pros:
Helps the 3rd, 4th and 5th toes. Heavy duty. Helps the entire area.
Lower profile, less bulky.
Slim and effective option for rubbing between the 4th and 5th toes.
Excellent reviews, great for stretching while resting.
They can be combined with gel pads as well as shoes and the sock. Another great layer of protection.
Cons:
These are more bulky. Can take up too much room in very slim shoes. These are not a splint! They are for pain relief.
Does not help the 3rd or 4th toe from pinching.
Zero benefit for tailor’s bunions and 5th metatarsal joint pain.
Can’t wear these while walking. Won’t work if you have osteoarthritis. (If your toes don’t bend).
Not perfect and by themselves may not fix your bunionette(tailor’s bunion) pain. They can break down over time.
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Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Overall Gel Pad For 5th Toe Pain
Povihome 10 Pack Pinky Toe Separator & Protectors, Triple Gel Toe Separators for Overlapping Toe, Curled Pinky Toes Separate and Protect
Price:
$9.99
Overview:
Best Overall Gel Pad: For 5th Toe and Tailor’s Bunion Pain
Pros:
Helps the 3rd, 4th and 5th toes. Heavy duty. Helps the entire area.
Cons:
These are more bulky. Can take up too much room in very slim shoes. These are not a splint! They are for pain relief.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Low Profile Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad.
Bunionette Corrector Pads - 4-Pack of 2 Small Pinky Toe Tailors Bunion Pain Relief Protectors with Premium Gel Cushions Plus 2 Toe Separators - Best Foot Orthotics and Toe Straightener Sleeve. Unisex
Price:
$10.90
Overview:
Good Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad
Pros:
Lower profile, less bulky.
Cons:
Does not help the 3rd or 4th toe from pinching.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Low Profile Option For 4-5th Corn/Interspace Pain.
Natracure Advanced Gel Toe Separator (w/Toe Loop) - Toe Spacer - Small (1104-M CAT 2PK)
Price:
$5.99
Overview:
Great Option For 4th-5th Toe Webspace Corns.
Pros:
Slim and effective option for rubbing between the 4th and 5th toes.
Cons:
Zero benefit for tailor’s bunions and 5th metatarsal joint pain.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Non-Walking Stretching Option.
YogaToes GEMS: Gel Toe Stretcher & Toe Separator - America’s Choice for Fighting Bunions, Hammer Toes, More!
Price:
$29.95
Overview:
Great Heavy Duty Toe Separator (Not For Walking)
Pros:
Excellent reviews, great for stretching while resting.
Cons:
Can’t wear these while walking. Won’t work if you have osteoarthritis. (If your toes don’t bend).
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Tailor’s Bunion(Bunionette) Sock!
Doctor's Choice Bunion Relief Quarter Sock with Split Toe Separator and Soft Cushioning for Hallux Valgus, (White/Black, Medium) Womens Shoe Size: 6-10
Price:
$12.99
Overview:
Price Range: $12+, Good value. Great reviews at 30+ reviews at 4.4/5
Pros:
They can be combined with gel pads as well as shoes and the sock. Another great layer of protection.
Cons:
Not perfect and by themselves may not fix your bunionette(tailor’s bunion) pain. They can break down over time.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

 

Outside of the Middle of the Foot Pain:

  • This is also known as foot pain Outside the Arch.

Foot Pain Outside The Arch is usually two to one of 3 very common problems.

 

A) 5th metatarsal styloid process:

  • The 5th metatarsal styloid process is a normal bone on the middle outside of your foot.
  • Get a good gel pad to offload the side of your foot and you will feel much better.
  • This is a normal bone that is supposed to be there!
  • So don’t worry, this is not a tumor!
5th metatarsal styloid process pain
The 5th metatarsal styloid process is usually experienced as pain in the middle outside of your foot. This can cause rubbing against the side of your shoe. Dont worry this is not a cancerous tumor!

 

B) Peroneus Brevis Tendonitis:

  • This is the most common source of injury.
  • The peroneus brevis tendon, down to the protruding bone on the outside of your foot. This muscle and tendon are responsible for turning your foot outward.This tendon is very commonly irritated and can cause you extensive pain especially when standing all day. It is a muscle responsible for letting you adjust to uneven ground and standing for long periods of time. If this seems like it maybe you, you may have peroneus brevis tendinitis.
  • This is a very long tendon that starts along the entire outside of your leg, comes down around the outside of your fibula, and inserts into the base of your fifth metatarsal styloid process.
  • The best way to image this is to do an ultrasound which we can do an office, or an MRI which would have to be done in the hospital.
  • It can become irritated very easily.

 

The best soft braces for peroneus brevis and overall ankle tendinitis:
  • If you plan on heavy duty activity, work or even running, look at the brace below.
  • Use the below braces for light duty activity like walking around the house or in tight shoes.

 

Best and most supportive braces for peroneus brevis tendonitis:

  • This brace is much more supportive for heavy duty activity.
  • This might have a hard time fitting in tight shoes, so be aware!

 

C) Jones Fracture:

What is a Jones Fracture?

  • A 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 usually shows black and blue bruising when it happens.

 

Why does a Jones fracture take a long time to recover?

  • This is a notoriously difficult part of the foot to heal because the Peroneus Brevis Muscle is always pulling it apart.
  • Don’t worry, a Jones fracture usually does not happen unless you fall with a significant force in inversion sprain.
  • Even if you do have a Jones fracture, no worry most of the time it does not require surgery. If you have any type of health conditions which may prolong healing or any type of further risk factors, we may opt to avoid surgery altogether.
  • If you are an athlete, and are looking for quicker and high durability healing time, surgery does make sense for your Jones fracture in that circumstance.
  • It might also make sense if your bone is shifted.

 

How long does a Jones fracture take to heal if I get surgery?

  • Jones fracture surgery is a very successful procedure, and the relative healing time includes 2 to 4 weeks and cast, then approximately four weeks in a walking boot.
  • At that point you then transition into a good running shoe.

 

What are some possible treatment options for a 5th metatarsal injury?

  • If you do have a fracture, make sure to see your doctor!
  • But consider the products below for treatment.

 

 

Pain Outside the Ankle and Below the Ankle:

 

Pain On Outside Of Foot Below The Ankle:

 
Outside of the ankle pain and below the outside of the ankle pain
Outside of the foot below the ankle can be bone, nerve or tendon pain. Consider the sinus tarsi, the peroneal tendons and the sural nerves.

 

A)Sinus Tarsi pain:

Most cause of pain in almost everyone!:

  • Outside of the Ankle & Below the Ankle pain is very common.
  • Pain on the outside of the foot below the ankle, is usually in a region called the sinus tarsi joint. This feels like a valley if you press down with your thumb into the depressed area.
  • As you put weight on this joint while standing, this joint will compress.
  • This is a space that occurs between your calcaneus and your talus bone. This is a completely normal joint space, nothing is deformed, but it can get inflamed and painful with too much pressure.
  • Almost everyone has a degree of pain to this area!

 

Why do I have sinus tarsi pain?

  • The reason you have sinus tarsi pain, is likely due to being too flat footed, or having inappropriate shoes and having to stand for long period of time.
  • We also see this in runners and people who walk long distances during the day.
  • Don’t worry this is a very common problem we see in our clinic, and we can definitely get you feeling better very quickly.
  • This pain is mostly commonly due tight Achilles tendon and hamstring tightness secondary to previously sprained ankles, instability, bone pain, tendonitis or pain after running.

 

How can I treat sinus tarsi joint pain at home?:

  • When we see patients that have pain in this area, it is almost always the sinus tarsi joint. The sinus tarsi joint respond very well to injection, orthotics modification, and could shoe gear choices.
  • For you at home orthotics can give about 50-75% pain relief.
  • If that didn’t do it, get a lace up or supportive ankle brace listed on this page.
  • If that still didn’t work, make sure to correct the tightness through your Achilles tendon & Hamstring.

 

B)5th Metatarsal Styloid Process Pain:

5th metatarsal styloid process pain

The styloid process is the base of the 5th metatarsal, do not worry, this is a normal bone, not a tumor!

 

What is 5th metatarsal styloid process pain?

  • What is 5th metatarsal styloid process pain?
  • This has been addressed above. So SCROLL UP!
  • This is a normal bone that is simply turning out against your shoe.

 

How do I treat my 5th metatarsal styloid process pain?

  • The single best way is to get a great pair of shoes.
  • The second best is to get treated with orthotics. This will solve the majority of your pain.
  • The third best way is to wear a compression ankle brace.

 

Outside of the Ankle Joint Pain:

 

A) Ankle Ligament Injury:

What is a sprained ankle?

  • There are 3 ankle ligaments within this joint.
  • They could very easily get sprained.
  • This is usually a traumatic injury or fall.
  • This is rarely a gradual chronic injury.
Ankle Ligament sprain on the outside of the ankle
There are ligaments that hold the ankle to the rest of the foot. These ligaments attach the fibula to the calcaneus and talus bones.

 

What if I never suffered a sprain or fall?

  • Most likely this is sinus tarsi pain.

 

B) Sinus Tarsi Pain:

Once more sinus tarsi pain is probably the most common cause:

  • If your pain is stretching up into the ankle joint, you may consider that you do have some ankle joint irritation.
  • When people have pain in the back of their foot around the ankle, it is usually the sinus tarsi joint or the ankle joint.

 

Why is the sinus tarsi the most commonly sore and irritated area?

  • The ankle joint itself is comprised of the tibia and fibula.
  • If it is on the outside of your ankle joint, it is usually pain due to the fibula, pressing down against the sinus tarsi joint.
  • It is also very common to see your fibula rubbing up against the side of your shoe.
  • These problems are almost always biomechanical problems, this means that your foot is simply turning out too much and tilting out against her ankle joint.
Sinus Tarsi Pain Outside of the Ankle
The sinus tarsi can very easily get sore on the outside of the foot. This can be one of the most common causes of outside of the ankle pain.

 

What type of imaging can confirm my outside of the ankle injury:

  • With an MRI it is very rare to see any true tearing of the ligaments or destruction of the bone.
  • If your pain is chronic it is most likely arthritis or overuse.
  • This can usually be confirmed on X-ray.
  • On the other hand, on MRIs it is much more common to see chronic deterioration of the cartilage, bone spur formations, and joint fluid buildup within these joints due to chronic overuse.

 

How can I treat my outside of the ankle pain at home?

  • I know I keep repeating myself and seeing the same kinds of things, but it is amazing how much we can cure this pain by simply wearing the proper orthotics, and the proper shoe gear.
  • Below is a list of common outside of the foot and ankle conditions.

 

Consider the following causes:

 

Sharp Pain On Outside Of Foot:

  • Sharp pain on the outside of the foot is usually due to nerve compression.
  • Sharp pain on the outside of the foot usually means that the nerve is irritated. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean that something’s wrong with your nerve, or that you have been type of nerve disorder.
  • Almost all the time we see the symptoms, there is simply swelling and irritation to the joints on the outside of the foot, and the nerves overlying the start irritated and throbbing.
  • There are two nerves that run along the outside of your foot.
  • The nerve that runs behind your fibula, on the outside of your heel, and on the bottom outside of your foot is called your sural nerve.
  • The nerve that runs in front of your fibula is called the superficial peroneal nerve.
  • These two nerves can very easily be bruised and injured, this leads to symptoms like numbness burning and tingling. Most people feel symptoms like this at night when their foot is swollen after a full days walking.
  • This occurs when your foot compresses against your shoe during walking or running.
  • This pain is known as neuropraxia.
  • The most common site is the base of the 5th metatarsal.
  • This can cause the pinky toe to go numb.

 

Outside Foot Pain After 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.
  • Outside of the foot pain after running is very frequently cost irritation of the two nerves I mentioned above. Running is about the most damaging thing you can do to your foot if you do not have proper foot mechanics. Therefore it becomes even more important to wear the proper orthotics and shoes while running.
Sharp pain on the outside of the foot after running
Outside Foot Pain After Running can usually occur due to the outside of your foot rubbing against your shoe.

 

  • If you do plan on running long distances, it is very important to see a podiatrist get your foot evaluated. Think about how much your body weighs, and how many thousands of times your foot will be slamming into hard concrete and floor. You can do some serious damage to your foot if it is not landing precisely the way it was intended to.

 

  •  The human body was not designed to run tens of miles every day, and if you are going to be doing it, you must make sure that you are optimized to do so. I always tell my patients that if you are having foot pain, there are better ways to exercise slamming your foot with hundreds of pounds of force into cement 10,000 times in a row. If your foot is hurting and he cannot see podiatrist try to stick to swimming, riding a bike or alternative exercises until your foot pain gets better.

 

  • Don’t keep falling into the same trap and causing the same type of damage to your foot, you need precise orthotics and shoes to get your foot feeling better. You probably need to get your muscles legs and flexibility assessed by an expert to make sure that you do not have any unequal muscle strength, or flexibility.

Outside of the Foot Home Treatment:

  • If you have 5th toe pain, tailor’s bunion pain, outside of the foot pain or other lateral foot pain, this guide is for you!
  • These are the recommended treatment products that will help you get better the fastest.
  • The key is to stop your foot from turning outward and causing further damage to your foot.
pronated vs. supinated heel pain
As the foot pronates, it can stretch the plantar fascia and put more pressure on the outside of the foot.

 

The real key to fix outside of the foot pain in order:

 

1) Most important is a good shoe & a good insole for your shoe.

  • Good shoes and good foot insoles are the best value and best long term option.
  • This will stop your foot from turning outward.
  • 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.

 

Best Treatment Products: 

 

5th Toe Gel Pads:

  • Fifth toe gel pads can stop your fifth toe or your Taylor’s bunion from rubbing against the side of your shoe.
  • There are downsides because these don’t last forever, and they do start to break apart and develop older.
  • They can be a low-cost option for tighter shoes during business meetings and at work.

 

Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Overall Gel Pad For 5th Toe Pain
Best Low Profile Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad.
Best Low Profile Option For 4-5th Corn/Interspace Pain.
Best Non-Walking Stretching Option.
Best Tailor’s Bunion(Bunionette) Sock!
Povihome 10 Pack Pinky Toe Separator & Protectors, Triple Gel Toe Separators for Overlapping Toe, Curled Pinky Toes Separate and Protect
Bunionette Corrector Pads - 4-Pack of 2 Small Pinky Toe Tailors Bunion Pain Relief Protectors with Premium Gel Cushions Plus 2 Toe Separators - Best Foot Orthotics and Toe Straightener Sleeve. Unisex
Natracure Advanced Gel Toe Separator (w/Toe Loop) - Toe Spacer - Small (1104-M CAT 2PK)
YogaToes GEMS: Gel Toe Stretcher & Toe Separator - America’s Choice for Fighting Bunions, Hammer Toes, More!
Doctor's Choice Bunion Relief Quarter Sock with Split Toe Separator and Soft Cushioning for Hallux Valgus, (White/Black, Medium) Womens Shoe Size: 6-10
Price:
$9.99
$10.90
$5.99
$29.95
$12.99
Overview:
Best Overall Gel Pad: For 5th Toe and Tailor’s Bunion Pain
Good Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad
Great Option For 4th-5th Toe Webspace Corns.
Great Heavy Duty Toe Separator (Not For Walking)
Price Range: $12+, Good value. Great reviews at 30+ reviews at 4.4/5
Pros:
Helps the 3rd, 4th and 5th toes. Heavy duty. Helps the entire area.
Lower profile, less bulky.
Slim and effective option for rubbing between the 4th and 5th toes.
Excellent reviews, great for stretching while resting.
They can be combined with gel pads as well as shoes and the sock. Another great layer of protection.
Cons:
These are more bulky. Can take up too much room in very slim shoes. These are not a splint! They are for pain relief.
Does not help the 3rd or 4th toe from pinching.
Zero benefit for tailor’s bunions and 5th metatarsal joint pain.
Can’t wear these while walking. Won’t work if you have osteoarthritis. (If your toes don’t bend).
Not perfect and by themselves may not fix your bunionette(tailor’s bunion) pain. They can break down over time.
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Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Overall Gel Pad For 5th Toe Pain
Povihome 10 Pack Pinky Toe Separator & Protectors, Triple Gel Toe Separators for Overlapping Toe, Curled Pinky Toes Separate and Protect
Price:
$9.99
Overview:
Best Overall Gel Pad: For 5th Toe and Tailor’s Bunion Pain
Pros:
Helps the 3rd, 4th and 5th toes. Heavy duty. Helps the entire area.
Cons:
These are more bulky. Can take up too much room in very slim shoes. These are not a splint! They are for pain relief.
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Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Low Profile Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad.
Bunionette Corrector Pads - 4-Pack of 2 Small Pinky Toe Tailors Bunion Pain Relief Protectors with Premium Gel Cushions Plus 2 Toe Separators - Best Foot Orthotics and Toe Straightener Sleeve. Unisex
Price:
$10.90
Overview:
Good Tailor’s Bunion Gel Pad
Pros:
Lower profile, less bulky.
Cons:
Does not help the 3rd or 4th toe from pinching.
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Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Low Profile Option For 4-5th Corn/Interspace Pain.
Natracure Advanced Gel Toe Separator (w/Toe Loop) - Toe Spacer - Small (1104-M CAT 2PK)
Price:
$5.99
Overview:
Great Option For 4th-5th Toe Webspace Corns.
Pros:
Slim and effective option for rubbing between the 4th and 5th toes.
Cons:
Zero benefit for tailor’s bunions and 5th metatarsal joint pain.
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Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Non-Walking Stretching Option.
YogaToes GEMS: Gel Toe Stretcher & Toe Separator - America’s Choice for Fighting Bunions, Hammer Toes, More!
Price:
$29.95
Overview:
Great Heavy Duty Toe Separator (Not For Walking)
Pros:
Excellent reviews, great for stretching while resting.
Cons:
Can’t wear these while walking. Won’t work if you have osteoarthritis. (If your toes don’t bend).
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Best 5th Toe & Tailor’s Bunion Products:
Best Tailor’s Bunion(Bunionette) Sock!
Doctor's Choice Bunion Relief Quarter Sock with Split Toe Separator and Soft Cushioning for Hallux Valgus, (White/Black, Medium) Womens Shoe Size: 6-10
Price:
$12.99
Overview:
Price Range: $12+, Good value. Great reviews at 30+ reviews at 4.4/5
Pros:
They can be combined with gel pads as well as shoes and the sock. Another great layer of protection.
Cons:
Not perfect and by themselves may not fix your bunionette(tailor’s bunion) pain. They can break down over time.
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Topical Pain Relief Creams:

  • Menthol based creams have been studied medically and show safety and excellent results.
  • This is best for nerve irritation.
  • This can help with the nerve pain on the outside of the foot. Just don’t use this as your only treatment option.
  • This is not fluff, these are scientifically backed!
  • Bio-freeze is cost effective an shows great results.
  • This is more for people who have difficulty sleeping or walking due to significant issues.

 

Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green (Packaging May Vary)
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$25.78
$24.44
$158.00
$29.99
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Don’t put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn’t prevent pain, just helps it.
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It’s basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
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Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$25.78
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Cons:
Don’t put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn’t prevent pain, just helps it.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
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Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$24.44
Overview:
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
Pros:
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
Cons:
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
Important Tips:
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
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Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$158.00
Overview:
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
Pros:
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
Cons:
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Important Tips:
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
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Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$29.99
Overview:
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It’s basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
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Massage & Ice Products:

  • Ice is the an excellent option that can be safe for almost everyone.
  • There are many nerves, ligaments and tendons on the outside of your foot.
  • This can help calm the inflammation until you fix the biomechanics making your foot turn outward.
  • There is some debate whether icing is worth doing, but for chronic pain this can help limit the need for medications and keep your options open.
  • This works great for your arch, less for the ball of the foot.
  • The more muscle and ligament tissue there is, the better ice will work there.

Best Foot & Ankle Manual Massage Devices:
Best Premium Massage Roller
Most Cost Effective Massage Roller.
Cost Effective Freezable Massage Roller.
Recoup Fitness Cryosphere Cold Massage Roller - 6 Hours Cold Relief - Ice Cup - Myofascial Release- Great for Recovery - Free Rolling Removable Ball - Deep Tissue Massage - Pain Relief - Ice Pack
TheraFlow Foot Massager Roller - Relieve Foot Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Muscle Aches, Soreness. Stimulates Myofascial Release for Relaxation. Soothes Foot Tension/Tightness.
Theraband Foot Roller for Foot Pain Relief, Massage Ball Roller for Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis Treatment, Heel Spurs Reliever, Tired Feet, Best Foot Massager with Ridges for Self Myofascial Release
Price:
$44.99
$7.95
$13.49
Overview:
Premium freezable metal ball that stays cold for up to 6 hours. Great for plantar fascia, neck, shoulders and calf muscles.
Amazing Price, Great Reviews – Non-Freezable Massage Rolling Stick
Great price and it is freezable. Budget friendly freezable massage roller.
Pros:
Great reviews – near 5 star. Stays cold for a long time with deep penetrating plantar fascia massage. Used by professional athletes. Stays cold for HOURS!
Great for what it does. You roll it back and forth along your plantar fascia massaging the swelling and irritation out. Decreases pain. Thousands of 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Excellent reviews. It massages and ices, so it is a step up over the massage rollers. Near 5 star reviews with >500 reviews.
Cons:
More expensive than some of the other options, but near perfect reviews.
Is not freezable like the other two options. Massaging a sore muscle without the cold sensation can be very painful and render it useless to you if really sore.
It does a great job doing what it is supposed to do. Main downside is that it does not stay cold as long as the premium metal ball.
Important Tips:
Use it with a sock to start (could be too cold). Massaging and icing definitely loosens you up and makes you feel better, but you still have to prevent the pain in the first place. You still need stretching, orthotics and good shoes to prevent the initial damage.
Two things: Without the freezing component, it may be really painful for a very sore arch (So make sure to use ICE also). Also this only reduces pain, it does not stop the cause! You still need good orthotics, shoes and stretching to stop the pain in the first place!
Start with socks at first, especially if you have peripheral neuropathy => don’t freeze your foot! Remember that you still need good orthotics, good shoes and inserts as well as temporary activity reduction.
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Best Foot & Ankle Manual Massage Devices:
Best Premium Massage Roller
Recoup Fitness Cryosphere Cold Massage Roller - 6 Hours Cold Relief - Ice Cup - Myofascial Release- Great for Recovery - Free Rolling Removable Ball - Deep Tissue Massage - Pain Relief - Ice Pack
Price:
$44.99
Overview:
Premium freezable metal ball that stays cold for up to 6 hours. Great for plantar fascia, neck, shoulders and calf muscles.
Pros:
Great reviews – near 5 star. Stays cold for a long time with deep penetrating plantar fascia massage. Used by professional athletes. Stays cold for HOURS!
Cons:
More expensive than some of the other options, but near perfect reviews.
Important Tips:
Use it with a sock to start (could be too cold). Massaging and icing definitely loosens you up and makes you feel better, but you still have to prevent the pain in the first place. You still need stretching, orthotics and good shoes to prevent the initial damage.
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Best Foot & Ankle Manual Massage Devices:
Most Cost Effective Massage Roller.
TheraFlow Foot Massager Roller - Relieve Foot Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Muscle Aches, Soreness. Stimulates Myofascial Release for Relaxation. Soothes Foot Tension/Tightness.
Price:
$7.95
Overview:
Amazing Price, Great Reviews – Non-Freezable Massage Rolling Stick
Pros:
Great for what it does. You roll it back and forth along your plantar fascia massaging the swelling and irritation out. Decreases pain. Thousands of 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Cons:
Is not freezable like the other two options. Massaging a sore muscle without the cold sensation can be very painful and render it useless to you if really sore.
Important Tips:
Two things: Without the freezing component, it may be really painful for a very sore arch (So make sure to use ICE also). Also this only reduces pain, it does not stop the cause! You still need good orthotics, shoes and stretching to stop the pain in the first place!
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Best Foot & Ankle Manual Massage Devices:
Cost Effective Freezable Massage Roller.
Theraband Foot Roller for Foot Pain Relief, Massage Ball Roller for Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis Treatment, Heel Spurs Reliever, Tired Feet, Best Foot Massager with Ridges for Self Myofascial Release
Price:
$13.49
Overview:
Great price and it is freezable. Budget friendly freezable massage roller.
Pros:
Excellent reviews. It massages and ices, so it is a step up over the massage rollers. Near 5 star reviews with >500 reviews.
Cons:
It does a great job doing what it is supposed to do. Main downside is that it does not stay cold as long as the premium metal ball.
Important Tips:
Start with socks at first, especially if you have peripheral neuropathy => don’t freeze your foot! Remember that you still need good orthotics, good shoes and inserts as well as temporary activity reduction.
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Massage Sticks:

  • These can work great for loosening your muscles.
  • More flexibility will make your foot turn out less.
  • This is a very counter-intuitive way to take pressure off of the outside of your foot!
  • This allows less tightness and pressure on the ball of your foot.
  • This is very effective for the arch, the gastrocnemius or calf muscle and for the hamstring and thigh muscles.
  • This also works very well for the gluteus muscles if you are having butt cheek or hip pain.

Leg & Calf Muscle Massage Roller Sticks:
Best Overall Muscle Massage Stick
Best Cost Effective Massage Roller.
Best & Most Affordable Foot Massage Unit
Original Tiger Tail Massage Stick - Classic 18"- Massage Therapy on The Go - Relieve Sore Muscles - Foam Roller Prevent Injury, Speed Recovery, Improve Mobility - Made in The USA
Top Rated Muscle Roller Massage Stick: A Sports Body Massager Tool-Release Myofascial Trigger Points, Reduce Muscle Soreness, Tightness, Leg Cramps & Back Pain, Rub Muscle for Relief & Recovery
TISSCARE Shiatsu Calf Foot Massager Machine with Heat Leg Massager, Deep-Kneading for Tired Calf Leg Arm Plantar Fasciitis Neuropathy
Price:
$29.95
$9.49
Price not available
Overview:
This is a great option because hair or skin never gets pinched between the wheels. Softer interface.
Great option for an amazing cost. Not as sturdy and comfortable as the tiger tail.
A well reviewed foot massage unit.
Pros:
Best reviews. Hair and skin cannot get pinched. Almost instantly makes you less tender and more flexible. This is a professional grade massage roller.
Amazing reviews for the price point. It essentially does the same job. Muscles feel great afterward. Same overall benefit.
Amazing reviews averaging almost 5 stars. Reasonable price compared to most other units. Relieves swelling and inflammation in your feet naturally.
Cons:
If truly injured (break or tear) this won’t fix your pain. But no real downsides as far as what a massage roller does. Reviews are near perfect.
Wheels and handles can come loose. As a result it can gap and pinch skin and leg hairs. Not as durable as the other roller recommended here.
A more expensive version of manual and ice massage. The extra $ is basically to remove the manual labor yourself if you are OK with that!
Important Tips:
Studies show how effective massage rollers are: Use for 30-60 seconds to loosen up tight muscles, and then you can stretch further short term(1-2 hrs). Great for calf, hamstring, thight and IT band muscle stretching.
Same as for the more expensive one. Studies show the real benefits appear in 30-60 seconds per muscle => less sore and more flexible. That is the time to take advantage and play sports/stay loose. Very proven results.
This can actually help loosen up your calf muscles and foot muscles for a better stretch. So take advantage! You will be less sore and more flexible, but the results disappear after 1-2 hours or so!
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Leg & Calf Muscle Massage Roller Sticks:
Best Overall Muscle Massage Stick
Original Tiger Tail Massage Stick - Classic 18"- Massage Therapy on The Go - Relieve Sore Muscles - Foam Roller Prevent Injury, Speed Recovery, Improve Mobility - Made in The USA
Price:
$29.95
Overview:
This is a great option because hair or skin never gets pinched between the wheels. Softer interface.
Pros:
Best reviews. Hair and skin cannot get pinched. Almost instantly makes you less tender and more flexible. This is a professional grade massage roller.
Cons:
If truly injured (break or tear) this won’t fix your pain. But no real downsides as far as what a massage roller does. Reviews are near perfect.
Important Tips:
Studies show how effective massage rollers are: Use for 30-60 seconds to loosen up tight muscles, and then you can stretch further short term(1-2 hrs). Great for calf, hamstring, thight and IT band muscle stretching.
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Leg & Calf Muscle Massage Roller Sticks:
Best Cost Effective Massage Roller.
Top Rated Muscle Roller Massage Stick: A Sports Body Massager Tool-Release Myofascial Trigger Points, Reduce Muscle Soreness, Tightness, Leg Cramps & Back Pain, Rub Muscle for Relief & Recovery
Price:
$9.49
Overview:
Great option for an amazing cost. Not as sturdy and comfortable as the tiger tail.
Pros:
Amazing reviews for the price point. It essentially does the same job. Muscles feel great afterward. Same overall benefit.
Cons:
Wheels and handles can come loose. As a result it can gap and pinch skin and leg hairs. Not as durable as the other roller recommended here.
Important Tips:
Same as for the more expensive one. Studies show the real benefits appear in 30-60 seconds per muscle => less sore and more flexible. That is the time to take advantage and play sports/stay loose. Very proven results.
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Leg & Calf Muscle Massage Roller Sticks:
Best & Most Affordable Foot Massage Unit
TISSCARE Shiatsu Calf Foot Massager Machine with Heat Leg Massager, Deep-Kneading for Tired Calf Leg Arm Plantar Fasciitis Neuropathy
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
A well reviewed foot massage unit.
Pros:
Amazing reviews averaging almost 5 stars. Reasonable price compared to most other units. Relieves swelling and inflammation in your feet naturally.
Cons:
A more expensive version of manual and ice massage. The extra $ is basically to remove the manual labor yourself if you are OK with that!
Important Tips:
This can actually help loosen up your calf muscles and foot muscles for a better stretch. So take advantage! You will be less sore and more flexible, but the results disappear after 1-2 hours or so!
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Best Shoes for Side of Foot Pain:

  • Getting a great supportive pair of shoes will make sure that there is pressure removed from the outside of your foot
  • This is especially important if you have a have flat feet.
  • Consider shoes combined with a good supportive orthotic for best pain relief!.
  • The following link will show you what our favorites are.

 

Best Podiatrist Recommended Shoes

Best Orthotics for Side of Foot Pain:

  • 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.

 

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!

Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Overall 3/4″ length option. (Not Heavy Duty, But Fit Focused)
Best Choice For Tight Women’s Shoes or High Heels..
Thin Arch Support Shoe Orthotic Inserts for Women and Men by Powerstep, SlimTech 3/4 Length, Original Cushioning Shoe Insoles, Relieves Plantar Facsiitis, All Arch Types, Foot, Heel and Knee Pain
Powerstep SlenderFit Women's Fashion Orthotic High Heel Insole
Price:
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
Great 3/4″ choice. These work great in every shoe without laces. Not meant for heavy duty correction.
These are the best fitting for the most narrow shoes. Some but not great correction.
Pros:
Excellent fit, they are reliable with excellent reviews. You are going to be happy with these, just never SUPER happy because they don’t correct as much.
They will fit in even the tightest shoes! Guaranteed to make you feel better, but you know what you are getting in a tight shoes. Great reviews and price.
Cons:
They are not super corrective. In some cases its like trying to using a 2 seat car to haul gravel. It looks and feels great but does
At the end of the day high heels and slender orthotics help, but never cure all your pain. Make the best of a painful shoe!
Crucial Tips:
These have a faster break in period than the heavy duty type. If after a few weeks
**WARNING***: If your shoe almost just barely fits onto your foot, this WILL NOT FIT! Be aware, it still needs a small amount of space to fit.
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Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Overall 3/4″ length option. (Not Heavy Duty, But Fit Focused)
Thin Arch Support Shoe Orthotic Inserts for Women and Men by Powerstep, SlimTech 3/4 Length, Original Cushioning Shoe Insoles, Relieves Plantar Facsiitis, All Arch Types, Foot, Heel and Knee Pain
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Great 3/4″ choice. These work great in every shoe without laces. Not meant for heavy duty correction.
Pros:
Excellent fit, they are reliable with excellent reviews. You are going to be happy with these, just never SUPER happy because they don’t correct as much.
Cons:
They are not super corrective. In some cases its like trying to using a 2 seat car to haul gravel. It looks and feels great but does
Crucial Tips:
These have a faster break in period than the heavy duty type. If after a few weeks
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Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Choice For Tight Women’s Shoes or High Heels..
Powerstep SlenderFit Women's Fashion Orthotic High Heel Insole
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
These are the best fitting for the most narrow shoes. Some but not great correction.
Pros:
They will fit in even the tightest shoes! Guaranteed to make you feel better, but you know what you are getting in a tight shoes. Great reviews and price.
Cons:
At the end of the day high heels and slender orthotics help, but never cure all your pain. Make the best of a painful shoe!
Crucial Tips:
**WARNING***: If your shoe almost just barely fits onto your foot, this WILL NOT FIT! Be aware, it still needs a small amount of space to fit.
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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.

Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Overall Orthotic For Everything (Medium Thick Fit)
Best Heavy Duty Orthotic (Thickest Fit)
Best SOFTER Choice For Sensitive Feet (Medium Thick Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Plus Met Insoles, Red/Blue
Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Insole Shoe Inserts, Workout Gear for Home Workou, Maroon, Men's 10-10.5, Women's 12
Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Insoles for Men and Women Shoe Inserts - Orthotic Inserts - Flat Feet Foot - Running Athletic Gel Shoe Insoles - Orthotic insoles for Arch Pain High Arch - Boot Insoles
Price:
Price not available
$38.95
$19.99
Overview:
These work best in shoes with laces and running shoes. Not good for dress shoes or women’s cute shoes.
Biggest and most corrective option. Only use for running shoes or work boots. Not cute shoes.
These are full length inserts, but softer. Great if you can’t tolerate the firmer ones. Best for very sore and sensitive feet.
Pros:
Pretty much guaranteed to help you if it fits in your shoes and you give it 2 weeks to get used to. 5,000+ amazon reviews, great track record.
My personal favorite, but not for everyone. Amazing reviews over 3,500. But not for everyone. Only for bigger shoes that can fit them
They are softer and the initial break in time is AMAZING. But longer term benefits are less. >500 Almost 5 star amazon rating.
Cons:
Do not wear these in cute or dress shoes!
Bigger and bulkier than all the other ones. You will be dissappointed if you have a cute women’s shoe or dress shoe. This is meant for running shoes and boots.
Great to start with, but don’t correct long term as much as the other ones.
Crucial Tips:
Ease in to these, 1-2hrs a day. They are like braces for your teeth, they suck at the beginning! But they will make your feet pain free as 1-2 weeks go by. Don’t give up on them after 1 or 2 days. Everyone feels off at the beginning!
This has the most correction, but hardest break in time! IF SENSITIVE, USE A SOFTER PAIR FIRST! But if you get these, you must break them in. Give it 1-2 hours a day, but then you will start to have excellent results. The bad reviews are all people who couldn’t fit it into their shoes and gave up too quickly. You have been WARNED!
If you are very sore, TRY THESE FIRST! These are easiest to break in with initially. If you are very sore and rigid, don’t use the heavy duty ones to start with.
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Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Overall Orthotic For Everything (Medium Thick Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Plus Met Insoles, Red/Blue
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
These work best in shoes with laces and running shoes. Not good for dress shoes or women’s cute shoes.
Pros:
Pretty much guaranteed to help you if it fits in your shoes and you give it 2 weeks to get used to. 5,000+ amazon reviews, great track record.
Cons:
Do not wear these in cute or dress shoes!
Crucial Tips:
Ease in to these, 1-2hrs a day. They are like braces for your teeth, they suck at the beginning! But they will make your feet pain free as 1-2 weeks go by. Don’t give up on them after 1 or 2 days. Everyone feels off at the beginning!
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Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Heavy Duty Orthotic (Thickest Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Insole Shoe Inserts, Workout Gear for Home Workou, Maroon, Men's 10-10.5, Women's 12
Price:
$38.95
Overview:
Biggest and most corrective option. Only use for running shoes or work boots. Not cute shoes.
Pros:
My personal favorite, but not for everyone. Amazing reviews over 3,500. But not for everyone. Only for bigger shoes that can fit them
Cons:
Bigger and bulkier than all the other ones. You will be dissappointed if you have a cute women’s shoe or dress shoe. This is meant for running shoes and boots.
Crucial Tips:
This has the most correction, but hardest break in time! IF SENSITIVE, USE A SOFTER PAIR FIRST! But if you get these, you must break them in. Give it 1-2 hours a day, but then you will start to have excellent results. The bad reviews are all people who couldn’t fit it into their shoes and gave up too quickly. You have been WARNED!
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Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best SOFTER Choice For Sensitive Feet (Medium Thick Fit)
Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Insoles for Men and Women Shoe Inserts - Orthotic Inserts - Flat Feet Foot - Running Athletic Gel Shoe Insoles - Orthotic insoles for Arch Pain High Arch - Boot Insoles
Price:
$19.99
Overview:
These are full length inserts, but softer. Great if you can’t tolerate the firmer ones. Best for very sore and sensitive feet.
Pros:
They are softer and the initial break in time is AMAZING. But longer term benefits are less. >500 Almost 5 star amazon rating.
Cons:
Great to start with, but don’t correct long term as much as the other ones.
Crucial Tips:
If you are very sore, TRY THESE FIRST! These are easiest to break in with initially. If you are very sore and rigid, don’t use the heavy duty ones to start with.
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Dress Shoe orthotics:

  • These are premium leather orthotic recommendations for dress shoes.
  • If you have a tight dress shoe get the 3/4″ orthotic.

Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Fitting Dress Shoe Orthotic (3/4″)
Best Full Length Dress Orthotic.
Powerstep Signature Dress 3/4-Length Insoles – Dress Shoe Insoles for Men and Women
Powerstep Signature Dress Full-Length Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
This is my top choice due to best fit. It is a little less supportive than full length, but fit is the key in dress shoes!
Best option if you can fit a full length orthotic. This does give you most control.
Pros:
Excellent overall fit. This will fit in almost every dress shoe. Excellent reviews and reasonable cost overall. Can’t go wrong in most cases.
Great color dress option. Not the most corrective, but very color and dress appropriate. Great Reviews. Better correction and relief than the 3/4″ length.
Cons:
Less correction than full length and heavy duty orthotics.
These can have a poor fit in in some shoes. If you have tight shoes, DO NOT BUY the full length orthotic! You have been warned.
Crucial Tips:
If you haven’t used dress orthotics before, get this one and avoid poor fit. If you wear dress shoes every day with room, the full length might give you more support.
This is will work great in most men’s shoes that are not pointy. If you have a rounded toe box, this will probably work well. If a tight shoe go with the 3/4″ length.
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Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Fitting Dress Shoe Orthotic (3/4″)
Powerstep Signature Dress 3/4-Length Insoles – Dress Shoe Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
This is my top choice due to best fit. It is a little less supportive than full length, but fit is the key in dress shoes!
Pros:
Excellent overall fit. This will fit in almost every dress shoe. Excellent reviews and reasonable cost overall. Can’t go wrong in most cases.
Cons:
Less correction than full length and heavy duty orthotics.
Crucial Tips:
If you haven’t used dress orthotics before, get this one and avoid poor fit. If you wear dress shoes every day with room, the full length might give you more support.
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Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Full Length Dress Orthotic.
Powerstep Signature Dress Full-Length Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Best option if you can fit a full length orthotic. This does give you most control.
Pros:
Great color dress option. Not the most corrective, but very color and dress appropriate. Great Reviews. Better correction and relief than the 3/4″ length.
Cons:
These can have a poor fit in in some shoes. If you have tight shoes, DO NOT BUY the full length orthotic! You have been warned.
Crucial Tips:
This is will work great in most men’s shoes that are not pointy. If you have a rounded toe box, this will probably work well. If a tight shoe go with the 3/4″ length.
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Outside of the Foot Trauma:

  • If you think you might have a broken 5th metatarsal fracture, a Jones fracture , a stubbed or broken 5th toe, these products may be of assistance.
  • This guide is meant for only after getting your foot evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist first!
  • Always remember to see a foot and ankle specialist like a podiatrist if you are having severe outside of the foot pain or a broken bone!

 

5th Toe or 5th Metatarsal Injury Treatment:

  • If you have a traumatic injury such as a broken 5th metatarsal fracture, a Jones fracture , a stubbed or broken 5th toe: consider protecting your foot!
  • The best way to do this is of course to see your podiatrist and get evaluated with an x-ray, ultrasound and potentially even an MRI or CT scan.
  • If you are unable to do so it may benefit you to be in a cast, fractured boot, or even keep the weight off of it with a rolling knee scooter or other protective devices.
  • We as podiatrists frequently take patients off work for very long period of time when they suffer a traumatic injury, unfortunately there is no other way around us in labor jobs.
  • If you have a sit down job there are ways to get people back to work quicker, but this can be very difficult otherwise.

 

Outside of the Foot Boot Treatment:

  • There are pros and cons to using a boot to treat your outside of the foot injury. If you are immobilized too long the cons are that you will gradually become stiff and overworked to your other leg. The Pros are that you injured lateral foot will hopefully have a chance to gradually heal!
  • Our favorite fracture boots and their supplies:

Best Fracture Boots & Covers
Best Tall Boot
Best Short Boot
Best Fracture Boot Balance Device
Best Cast Shower Cover
Best Weather Walking Cover
Aircast AirSelect Standard Walker Brace / Walking Boot, Medium
United Ortho Short Air Cam Walker Fracture Boot, Medium, Black
Original EVENup™ Shoe Balancer/Leveler - Equalize Limb Length and Reduce Body Strain While Walking (Small)
Wilsco Waterproof Leg Cast Cover for Showering ~ Covers for Leg and Foot Surgeries ~ Cast Covers for Shower Leg ~ Easy to take On and Off!
My Recovers Walking Brace Cover for Orthopedic Boot, Weather Cover in Black Waterproof Fabric, Made in USA, Tall Boot, Orthopedic Products Accessories (Medium)
Price:
$79.10
$50.48
$29.95
$15.99
$25.99
Overview:
Excellent reviews at 4.6/5 with over 800+ Reviews:
Very good reviews. This is 4.3/5 ratings on over 3,000+ reviews.
Outstanding reviews: 4.3/5 for 1,000+ reviews! Prevents hip, knee and back pain.
Amazing Reviews at 4.6/5 at 500+ reviews. Best reviewed and cost effective bag.
Great reviews at 4.1/5 with 200+ overall reviews.
Pros:
It has an air bladder for extra cushion. It is tall for extra support, as well as air bladder.
Excellent lower cost walking boot. With a orthotic and cushion, it really keeps pressure off of your ankle.
This works great to balance the opposite foot. This prevents the back, hip and knees from having any pain.
It is very effective but not perfect. The price is really good and it has excellent reviews.
Great cover for walking around in snow and rain, it is great at what it does!
Cons:
The inner sleeve can ride lower and the plastic around the rim can irritate the boot.
Less support with the less than full length boot. It is more comfortable but less supportive.
Does not work that great for slippers and less supportive shoes.
It can still leak, so be careful!
It is still not fully water proof.
Crucial Tips:
Make sure your lift the cushioning material along the hard plastic rim. Make sure to keep it pumped up. Use an orthotic and a lift on the other side.
Use a lift for the other foot to prevent back and hip problems. Also use an orthotic for the flat foot bed.
This is very cost effective and well worth it. Just make sure both shoes have good supportive orthotics.
Just be careful with this is not perfect. It can still get wet underneath.
Great cover for outdoors. Good at what it says it will do.
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Best Fracture Boots & Covers
Best Tall Boot
Aircast AirSelect Standard Walker Brace / Walking Boot, Medium
Price:
$79.10
Overview:
Excellent reviews at 4.6/5 with over 800+ Reviews:
Pros:
It has an air bladder for extra cushion. It is tall for extra support, as well as air bladder.
Cons:
The inner sleeve can ride lower and the plastic around the rim can irritate the boot.
Crucial Tips:
Make sure your lift the cushioning material along the hard plastic rim. Make sure to keep it pumped up. Use an orthotic and a lift on the other side.
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Best Fracture Boots & Covers
Best Short Boot
United Ortho Short Air Cam Walker Fracture Boot, Medium, Black
Price:
$50.48
Overview:
Very good reviews. This is 4.3/5 ratings on over 3,000+ reviews.
Pros:
Excellent lower cost walking boot. With a orthotic and cushion, it really keeps pressure off of your ankle.
Cons:
Less support with the less than full length boot. It is more comfortable but less supportive.
Crucial Tips:
Use a lift for the other foot to prevent back and hip problems. Also use an orthotic for the flat foot bed.
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Best Fracture Boots & Covers
Best Fracture Boot Balance Device
Original EVENup™ Shoe Balancer/Leveler - Equalize Limb Length and Reduce Body Strain While Walking (Small)
Price:
$29.95
Overview:
Outstanding reviews: 4.3/5 for 1,000+ reviews! Prevents hip, knee and back pain.
Pros:
This works great to balance the opposite foot. This prevents the back, hip and knees from having any pain.
Cons:
Does not work that great for slippers and less supportive shoes.
Crucial Tips:
This is very cost effective and well worth it. Just make sure both shoes have good supportive orthotics.
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Best Fracture Boots & Covers
Best Cast Shower Cover
Wilsco Waterproof Leg Cast Cover for Showering ~ Covers for Leg and Foot Surgeries ~ Cast Covers for Shower Leg ~ Easy to take On and Off!
Price:
$15.99
Overview:
Amazing Reviews at 4.6/5 at 500+ reviews. Best reviewed and cost effective bag.
Pros:
It is very effective but not perfect. The price is really good and it has excellent reviews.
Cons:
It can still leak, so be careful!
Crucial Tips:
Just be careful with this is not perfect. It can still get wet underneath.
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Best Fracture Boots & Covers
Best Weather Walking Cover
My Recovers Walking Brace Cover for Orthopedic Boot, Weather Cover in Black Waterproof Fabric, Made in USA, Tall Boot, Orthopedic Products Accessories (Medium)
Price:
$25.99
Overview:
Great reviews at 4.1/5 with 200+ overall reviews.
Pros:
Great cover for walking around in snow and rain, it is great at what it does!
Cons:
It is still not fully water proof.
Crucial Tips:
Great cover for outdoors. Good at what it says it will do.
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Offloading and Scooter treatment:

  • Sometimes the best thing to do is to completely keep pressure off of the outside of your foot.
  • In the early stages of the disease there are benefits to offloading and can give you outside of the foot relief!
  • These are favorite knee scooters and walking devices:

Best Fracture Scooters
Best Value & Best Seller Knee Rolling Scooter.
Best All Terrain Heavy Duty Scooter.
Best Crutch Free Walking Device.
Best Elevating Specific Postop or Swelling Pillow
KneeRover Economy Knee Scooter Steerable Knee Walker Crutch Alternative with Dual Braking System in Matte Black
KneeRover All Terrain Steerable Knee Scooter Knee Walker Heavy Duty Crutches Alternative in Blue
iWALK2.0 Hands Free Knee Crutch - Alternative for Crutches and Knee Scooters - by iWALKFree
Post Surgery Elevating Leg Rest Pillow with Memory Foam Top - Best for Back, Hip and Knee Pain Relief, Foot and Ankle Injury and Recovery Wedge - Breathable and Washable Cover (8 Inch Elevator, White)
Price:
$119.99
$299.00
$149.00
$48.36
Overview:
Very good reviews at 4.5/5 with 3,000+ reviews. Great Price.
Excellent overall reviews at 4.4/5 with 1,300+ reviews. Great heavy duty all terrain.
Decent reviews at 3.9/5 with 4,000+ reviews. NOT for everyone!
Very good reviews at 4.7/5 with almost 2,000 Reviews. Simple job but does it well.
Pros:
Great reviews, great price overall, what more can you ask for?
Good for offroad, grass and dirt. This is the better choice for heavy and tall patients over 6 foot and heavy.
This is great for athletic and mobile people. We have found success for younger and more physically capable people.
Great pillow for the first 1-2 weeks after foot or ankle fracture and surgery. Decreased pain and swelling.
Cons:
Least durable and no real off-road capabilities.
It is more costly than the economy version.
DO NOT get this if you are older, have poor balance and poor mobility. Higher fall risk.
Basically it is a pillow that costs $50, if you are tight on money, don’t get it.
Crucial Tips:
These can be tough on the knee and the lower back. Combine with physical therapy.
If you are a bigger person at over 6ft tall, consider this. If you need to be at work or outside, this is great option.
This is better for very mobile and physically capable people. Do not get this if you have poor weight control or poor balance.
It can be very effective and does a great job, but if you are tight on cash, use it on a better boot or scooter.
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Best Fracture Scooters
Best Value & Best Seller Knee Rolling Scooter.
KneeRover Economy Knee Scooter Steerable Knee Walker Crutch Alternative with Dual Braking System in Matte Black
Price:
$119.99
Overview:
Very good reviews at 4.5/5 with 3,000+ reviews. Great Price.
Pros:
Great reviews, great price overall, what more can you ask for?
Cons:
Least durable and no real off-road capabilities.
Crucial Tips:
These can be tough on the knee and the lower back. Combine with physical therapy.
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Best Fracture Scooters
Best All Terrain Heavy Duty Scooter.
KneeRover All Terrain Steerable Knee Scooter Knee Walker Heavy Duty Crutches Alternative in Blue
Price:
$299.00
Overview:
Excellent overall reviews at 4.4/5 with 1,300+ reviews. Great heavy duty all terrain.
Pros:
Good for offroad, grass and dirt. This is the better choice for heavy and tall patients over 6 foot and heavy.
Cons:
It is more costly than the economy version.
Crucial Tips:
If you are a bigger person at over 6ft tall, consider this. If you need to be at work or outside, this is great option.
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Best Fracture Scooters
Best Crutch Free Walking Device.
iWALK2.0 Hands Free Knee Crutch - Alternative for Crutches and Knee Scooters - by iWALKFree
Price:
$149.00
Overview:
Decent reviews at 3.9/5 with 4,000+ reviews. NOT for everyone!
Pros:
This is great for athletic and mobile people. We have found success for younger and more physically capable people.
Cons:
DO NOT get this if you are older, have poor balance and poor mobility. Higher fall risk.
Crucial Tips:
This is better for very mobile and physically capable people. Do not get this if you have poor weight control or poor balance.
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Best Fracture Scooters
Best Elevating Specific Postop or Swelling Pillow
Post Surgery Elevating Leg Rest Pillow with Memory Foam Top - Best for Back, Hip and Knee Pain Relief, Foot and Ankle Injury and Recovery Wedge - Breathable and Washable Cover (8 Inch Elevator, White)
Price:
$48.36
Overview:
Very good reviews at 4.7/5 with almost 2,000 Reviews. Simple job but does it well.
Pros:
Great pillow for the first 1-2 weeks after foot or ankle fracture and surgery. Decreased pain and swelling.
Cons:
Basically it is a pillow that costs $50, if you are tight on money, don’t get it.
Crucial Tips:
It can be very effective and does a great job, but if you are tight on cash, use it on a better boot or scooter.
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Outside of the Foot Compression Brace:

  • A good compression brace can stabilize your foot from turning outward.
  • This prevents your foot from pronated.
  • Pronated foot will turn your foot outward in your foot will rub on the outside of the shoe.
  • For many of her patients this has solved their pain and is very comfortable to wear inside your shoe.
  • This solves both pain and outward pronation for a relatively low cost.

Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Best Premium Brace (Support & Compression)
Budget Brace With Some Compression & Some Support.
Best Pure Compression & Slim Fit Ankle Support
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain - Ankle Support Brace - Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles and Joints for Injury Healing and Pain Relief - Right Foot - Size 1 - Color Black
Ankle Brace for Plantar Fasciitis and Ankle Support - Ankle Wrap for Sprain, Tendonitis & Heel Pain Relief for Women & Men
POWERLIX Ankle Brace Compression Support Sleeve (Pair) for Injury Recovery, Joint Pain and More. Achilles Tendon Support, Plantar Fasciitis Foot Socks with Arch Support, Eases Swelling
Price:
$104.00
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
This is The Top Level Brace – Does Compression, Support & Great Fit.
This brace attempts mild compression and mild support.
Focused on great fit and excellent overall compression. Little focus on support.
Pros:
Excellent brace: Best overall mix of compression & support, and it still fits in most shoes! If you have a chronic injury and need to wear normal shoes => This is the BEST CHOICE.
Good rating at 4.3 with 2,000 reviews. It is cost effective and gives some support with some compression. Does both ok, but excellent when price is factored in.
Excellent reviewmost 2,000 5 star reviews. Great fit into almost any type of shoe. Very Slim, very cost effective.
Cons:
Expensive. It doesn’t do any single thing the best. There are cheaper and more supportive braces, there are cheaper and more compressive braces. But no braces combine the two and still fit in a shoe.
Does not really do anything well. Weak support and not the best compression. Meant as an assist for chronic pain and low activity. Not for an acute injury.
Does not really provide stability. It still likely is not thin enough for a dress shoe or a dress heel combined with a sock.
Important Tips:
This is a high durability brace for everyday use. If you have chronic arthritis or pain with a high need for activity, this is your brace to use! **Gel inside seems to deteriorate after daily washing at about 1 year old**
This is mean for lower activity and better fit than a true supportive brace. Don’t use this for an acute sprain or injury.
This is excellent for what it does. Which is simple compression with minimal support. This would be great with an orthotic and running shoe in a non-acute/severe injury.
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Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Best Premium Brace (Support & Compression)
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain - Ankle Support Brace - Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles and Joints for Injury Healing and Pain Relief - Right Foot - Size 1 - Color Black
Price:
$104.00
Overview:
This is The Top Level Brace – Does Compression, Support & Great Fit.
Pros:
Excellent brace: Best overall mix of compression & support, and it still fits in most shoes! If you have a chronic injury and need to wear normal shoes => This is the BEST CHOICE.
Cons:
Expensive. It doesn’t do any single thing the best. There are cheaper and more supportive braces, there are cheaper and more compressive braces. But no braces combine the two and still fit in a shoe.
Important Tips:
This is a high durability brace for everyday use. If you have chronic arthritis or pain with a high need for activity, this is your brace to use! **Gel inside seems to deteriorate after daily washing at about 1 year old**
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Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Budget Brace With Some Compression & Some Support.
Ankle Brace for Plantar Fasciitis and Ankle Support - Ankle Wrap for Sprain, Tendonitis & Heel Pain Relief for Women & Men
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
This brace attempts mild compression and mild support.
Pros:
Good rating at 4.3 with 2,000 reviews. It is cost effective and gives some support with some compression. Does both ok, but excellent when price is factored in.
Cons:
Does not really do anything well. Weak support and not the best compression. Meant as an assist for chronic pain and low activity. Not for an acute injury.
Important Tips:
This is mean for lower activity and better fit than a true supportive brace. Don’t use this for an acute sprain or injury.
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Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Best Pure Compression & Slim Fit Ankle Support
POWERLIX Ankle Brace Compression Support Sleeve (Pair) for Injury Recovery, Joint Pain and More. Achilles Tendon Support, Plantar Fasciitis Foot Socks with Arch Support, Eases Swelling
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Focused on great fit and excellent overall compression. Little focus on support.
Pros:
Excellent reviewmost 2,000 5 star reviews. Great fit into almost any type of shoe. Very Slim, very cost effective.
Cons:
Does not really provide stability. It still likely is not thin enough for a dress shoe or a dress heel combined with a sock.
Important Tips:
This is excellent for what it does. Which is simple compression with minimal support. This would be great with an orthotic and running shoe in a non-acute/severe injury.
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Outside of the Foot Stability Brace:

  • Stability brace goes little bit further than the compression brace to stop your foot from turning out.
  • At the same time this is a little bit bulkier and does not affect every shoe.
  • We find people are little bit happier trying the compression brace before the stability brace.

Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
The Best Overall Brace For Fit & Support.
Most Supportive Premium Brace.
Best Budge Supportive Brace.
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain Plus - Ankle Support - Extra Stability for The Ankle Joints and Tendons, Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles for Injury Healing and Pain Relief
Zamst A2-DX Strong Ankle Brace- Active Ankle Stabilizer Brace with Three-Way Support, Ankle Sprain Support for Men and Women, Sports Brace for Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Football & Baseball
#1 Laced Ankle Brace with Stabilizing Strap for Flexible Support. Breathable Neoprene Braces Made by Product Stop. (Medium)
Price:
Price not available
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
Amazing brace, best fit and support combination: If you can afford it.
This is the best brace for pure support, but it can’t fit in more snug shoes.
Outstanding brace for the price point. This is a figure 8 strap with laces, soft interface.
Pros:
Amazing brace. Best reviews and best fit. This is the Ferrari of braces if you can afford it.
This is a very highly rated, great reviewed brace. The support and stability is top notch for athletics. Very durable and does it’s job.
Amazing reviews with proven track record. This is very soft and supportive in your shoe.
Cons:
The only downside besides cost, is complexity. This brace must be left or right. Not interchangeable. It is also for post-injury situations and good support. Not for compression!
The brace may be a little too big for a more snug shoe. This requires some room to fit and would be the main complaint. Hard interface along the padding.
The main downside is the durability and the ability for the material to give out. Great at first but maybe 3-4 months of continuous use prior to failure.
Important Tips:
Make sure to choose left vs. right. This is a high level brace mean specifically for injury support. This is not for compression or non-injury situations. It will be too tight.
This is a fantastic and supportive brace. Just make sure that your shoe will have some room for it to fit. Most good running shoes should let it fit.
This is an excellent starter brace if you have never had a brace before. It is a little longer to put with the straps and laces.
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Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
The Best Overall Brace For Fit & Support.
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain Plus - Ankle Support - Extra Stability for The Ankle Joints and Tendons, Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles for Injury Healing and Pain Relief
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Amazing brace, best fit and support combination: If you can afford it.
Pros:
Amazing brace. Best reviews and best fit. This is the Ferrari of braces if you can afford it.
Cons:
The only downside besides cost, is complexity. This brace must be left or right. Not interchangeable. It is also for post-injury situations and good support. Not for compression!
Important Tips:
Make sure to choose left vs. right. This is a high level brace mean specifically for injury support. This is not for compression or non-injury situations. It will be too tight.
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Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
Most Supportive Premium Brace.
Zamst A2-DX Strong Ankle Brace- Active Ankle Stabilizer Brace with Three-Way Support, Ankle Sprain Support for Men and Women, Sports Brace for Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Football & Baseball
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
This is the best brace for pure support, but it can’t fit in more snug shoes.
Pros:
This is a very highly rated, great reviewed brace. The support and stability is top notch for athletics. Very durable and does it’s job.
Cons:
The brace may be a little too big for a more snug shoe. This requires some room to fit and would be the main complaint. Hard interface along the padding.
Important Tips:
This is a fantastic and supportive brace. Just make sure that your shoe will have some room for it to fit. Most good running shoes should let it fit.
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Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
Best Budge Supportive Brace.
#1 Laced Ankle Brace with Stabilizing Strap for Flexible Support. Breathable Neoprene Braces Made by Product Stop. (Medium)
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Outstanding brace for the price point. This is a figure 8 strap with laces, soft interface.
Pros:
Amazing reviews with proven track record. This is very soft and supportive in your shoe.
Cons:
The main downside is the durability and the ability for the material to give out. Great at first but maybe 3-4 months of continuous use prior to failure.
Important Tips:
This is an excellent starter brace if you have never had a brace before. It is a little longer to put with the straps and laces.
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Outside of the Foot Pain [Lateral Foot Pain]