Pain On Outside Of Foot


Pain On Outside Of Foot

Pain On Outside Of Foot: The most common sites are the 5th toe, the 5th metatarsal and below the ankle. This pain can usually be corrected at home!



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!



1)Foot Pain Outside Edge Of Pinky Toe:


Pinky toe pain is extremely common:


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




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.
  • A common mistake that people make is trying to numb this nerve pain, but all this will get you is simply further damage to the fifth toe site.
  • A better solution would be to prevent the fifth toe from jamming against her shoes in the first place, by wearing good supportive orthotics, and good supportive shoes.
  • This is usually associated due to compression of the 5th metatarsal against the shoe.
  • Consider wearing a larger shoe in the front.
Foot Pain Outside Edge
Foot Pain Outside Edge Of the Toe is usually caused by neuropraxia. This is nerve compression.


B) 5th Toe Callus, Bump Or Corn:


  • Calluses and core are also very common to have been 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.
  • If this is something that is causing tremendous pain, inner offices we could trim this down and correct your biomechanics and get you into some proper shoe gear.
  • 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.
  • Calluses or corns can really cause pain!


C)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.
  • 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 deftly see our patients who must work on their feet all day long struggle with this for numerous weeks or months. There is no perfect solution, but to prevent damage from being done daily. Eventually will healing you will feel significantly better.
  • It you jammed it very hard, consider a sprain!




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


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


Pain On Outside Of Foot
Pain outside the foot can be caused by a bunionette. This is a bony prominence on the outside front of the foot.



2)Foot Pain Outside Arch:


Foot Pain Outisde The Arch is usually two to one of 2 very common problems.


A) 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.


Pain On Outside Of Foot
Pain On Outside Of Foot at this spot will result from peroneus brevis tenoditis.



B) Jones Fracture:


A bump can usually get swollen here, this is called your fifth metatarsal styloid process. If this area is injured it may be a jones fracture or peroneus brevis tendonitis.


  • 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 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.
  • 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.



3)Pain On Outside Of Foot Below Ankle:


  • 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.
  • This is a space that occurs between your calcaneus and your talus bone. This is a completely normal joint space, nothing is wrong.
  • When we see patients 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.
  • 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 can be due to previously sprained ankles, instability, bone pain, tendonitis or pain after running.


Outside of the foot pain
Outside of the foot below the ankle is usually along the 5th metatarsal. There is usually a large bump here that can get swollen and painful.


Outside of the Ankle Joint Pain:


  • 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.
  • 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. With an MRI it is very rare to see any true caring, or destruction of the site. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Foot Pain After Running
Outside Foot Pain After Running can usually occur due to the outside of your foot rubbing against your shoe.