Side Of Foot Pain

Side Of Foot Pain: There are 3 very common regions for pain on the side of your foot.

  • They are near the pinky toe, near the 5th metatarsal and the heel ankle region.
  • On the inside of the foot, the big toe joint and the foot arch are most common.




Pain On Side Of Foot:

Do you mean:


Side Of Foot Pain
In Side Of Foot Pain is most common at the big toe joint, at the arch and at the inside of the heel.
Pain On Outer Side Of Foot
There are numerous bone bumps that can compress the nerves on the outside of the foot. This can lead to a sharp, numb, burning or tingling pain!



Pain On Outer Side Of Foot:

Pain on the outer side of the foot is most commonly in 3 areas:

1)Near the Pinky Toe:

A) Pinky Toe Numbness, burning or tingling:

  • The pinky toe is very exposed and prone to irritation.
  • If compressed by the shoe it can cause numbness burning or tingling.
  • If injured it can also lead to being sprained or irritated.

B) Callus, bump or corn on the 5th toe:

  • This is a very common source of irritation.


C) Sprained Or Broken Pinky Toe:

  • If you stub the pinky toe, it has very weak support.
  • It can very easily become sprained.


D) Tailor’s Bunion:

Side Of Foot Pain
The most common cause of side of foot pain is a tailor’s bunion. This can lead to numbness, burning, tingling or a sharp pain on the side of the foot!
  • This is a bunion of the 5th metatarsal head.
  • It is a bump on the outside of the base of the 5th toe.
  • This is very prone to irritation.


2) Foot Pain Outside Of Arch:

There are 2 very common causes for foot pain on the outside of the arch:

A) Peroneus Brevis Tenonditis:

  • This is the most common source.
  • This is more common as chronic running pain or pain after running.


B) Jones Fracture:

pain on outer side of foot
Pain on outer side of foot at the 5th metatarsal can either be a Jones fracture or a peroneus brevis irritation. They both effect the bone bump on the side of the foot.
  • This is a fracture of the base of the 5th metatarsal.
  • This usually happens with a severe ankle sprain.


Muscle & Tendon Pain:



3) Pain On Outer Side Of Foot Below The Ankle:

  • This is most common after an ankle sprain.
  • It is also very common in chronic ankle pain.
  • Also if your have chronic flat foot.
side of foot pain
An ankle sprain can lead to years of side of foot pain below or at the ankle joint!

These are the most common situations:



Pain In Side Of Foot:

There are 3 common sites of pain in side of the foot:

1) Big Toe Joint Pain:


A) Bunion:

  • This is by far the most common cause of inside of the foot pain.
  • This is when the inside bone bulges at the base of the big toe.


2) Inside Of Foot Arch Pain:

Pain In Side Of Foot
Pain in side of the foot is most frequently due to foot arch pain! This is the worst in the morning and after rest. It can also start hurting after a long day of walking or standing!

A) Foot Arch Pain:

  • This is the most common cause of heel and arch pain.
  • This pain is worse in the morning and after rest.
  • It is also very common after standing or walking a long period of time.


Side Foot Pain Running:

Side foot pain running is almost always due to two of the following:

Side Foot Pain Running
Side Foot Pain Running is most commonly peroneus brevis tendonitis and a Tailor’s bunion!

1) Tailor’s Bunion:

  • This is the bump at the base of your 5th toe joint.
  • It is a prime site of compression and irritation.
  • It can cause numbness, burning and tingling on the outside of the foot!


2)Peroneus Brevis tendinitis:

This is the bump on the outside middle of your foot.

If it becomes irritated, you will feel it in the morning and after running!



Burning Pain On Side Of Foot:

Burning Pain On Side Of Foot
Burning Pain On Side Of Foot is usually at the 5th metatarsal. It can compress against the side of the shoe and lead to burning pain in this area!
  • Burning pain on side of foot is usually due to shoe irritation.
  • This happens when the pinky toe or the 5th metatarsal head rubs against the outside of the shoe.
  • The nerve pain can be treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation.
  • It can take a couple weeks for the pain to go away.
  • But correct the constriction within your shoes, or this will keep getting worse!


Sharp Pain On Side Of Foot:

Sharp Pain On Side Of Foot
A sharp pain on side of foot is due to nerve compression. Compression and friction can irritate the protective myelin sheath. This can lead to burning, sharp pain, numbness and tingling!
  • Sharp pain on side of foot is usually due to nerve compression.
  • If there is friction, compression and rubbing over the skin, this can impinge the nerve.
  • Don’t worry, this is rarely serious.
  • Correct the source of compression and the sharp pain on the side of the foot will start to go away.
  • This may take a couple weeks to get better, but it will!


For More Side Of Foot Pain Help:

Pain On The Outside Of The Foot Treatment Guide!



Other Causes of Pain in the Small Toes:

Most Likely

Ball of the foot:

5th Toe

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