When it comes to foot pain, we may think of the more common areas, such as your heel or even your toes. However, foot pain can occur on the outside of your foot, too, and there are many common causes. Let’s take a look.
Ankles sprains can affect any of the ligaments in the foot, but most commonly affects the Anterior Talofibular Ligament (ATFL). When we injure our foot, for example, if the foot rolls inwards it causes the ankle to roll outward, and some of the ligaments can be torn. This can cause pain on the outside of the foot, along with bruising, swelling and instability.
A stress fracture can occur from repetitive sporting injuries, and is a common cause of pain on the outside of the foot. A stress fracture occurs from a small break in one of the foot bones. Where we feel pain is dependent on which type of bone is affected. For example, a stress fracture on the metatarsals can cause pain on either side of the foot, depending on which metatarsal is broken.
When constant tension is placed on the peroneal tendons, pain can be felt on the outside of the foot. This can cause inflammation and early degeneration. This condition can occur if the foot has been in an abnormal position, or after an ankle sprain. Pain here can start gradually over a few weeks or months, and is usually at its worst in the morning.
Bunions are common, especially in high heel wearers and those wearing shoes that are too small for them. A bunion develops when the big toe turns inwards, pointing towards the other toes. This results in the bone at the base of the big toe pointing outwards. This will cause pain on the outside of the foot near the big toe and inflammation and swelling.
If you are suffering from foot pain, on the outside of your foot or not, Nuestep can help. Call us today at 866-508-5108.