Foot pain outside

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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There are many factors that can contribute to pain on the outside part of the foot:

•On the lateral or outside of the foot, a common complaint is a "tailor's" bunion, a swelling at the fifth metatarsal head where it connects to the toe. It is referred to as a" bunionette."This condition can cause pain on the side of the foot.
•Ganglions are small sacks of jelly-like fluid. They are commonly found near joints and can occur on the side of the foot, and can also cause pain.

•Pain on the lateral side of the foot near the ankle can be a sign of sinus tarsi syndrome, a condition that often occurs after a severe inversion ankle injury.
•Spraining any foot ligament can also result in pain on the side of the foot.

Another cause could be a stress fracture involving the fifth metatarsal. This can occur in people with low bone density.

A bunion is a condition caused by osteoarthritis involving the big toe. The osteoarthritis is accompanied by bursitis. As the condition gets worse the big toe begins to deviate towards the outside toes. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and soreness on the medial side of the big toe.

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