10 Causes Of Lateral Foot Pain

10 Causes Of Lateral Foot Pain

Lateral foot pain is the pain on the outer side of your foot. It can be acute or chronic and may be accompanied by swelling, tenderness, instability, and difficulty with walking. It can primarily result from the following causative factors-

  • Ankle Sprain or injury to the lateral collateral ligament of the ankle is the most common cause of lateral foot pain.
  • Tendinitis of the peroneal tendons that run on the lateral aspect of the foot can be the cause. It is an overuse injury and is common in runners.
  • Osteoarthritis of the foot.
  • Any condition that increases pressure on the lateral aspect of the foot, like bunions.
  • Stress fracture of the outer metatarsals (4th and 5th). Common in sports involving repetitive running and jumping.
  • Neural Causes-Pinched nerve as in tarsal tunnel syndrome and diabetic polyneuropathy,
  • Corns and calluses on the lateral foot- due to excessive friction from tight shoes, foot deformities, or faulty biomechanics.
  • Cuboid syndrome- It’s a partial dislocation of the cuboid bone.
  • Fracture of the 5th metatarsal, known as Jone’s fracture.
  • Tarsal coalition

Calf stretches, ankle ROM exercises, inversion-eversion exercises, toe bends, dynamic activities like rolling a ball under your foot and step stretches can help you ease your lateral foot pain in general. For better pain relief, determining the underlying cause and doing specific exercises are crucial.


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