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​​Why Does the Outside of My Foot Hurt?

Pain on the outside of the foot is known as lateral foot pain. This type of pain can be stabbing, burning, or aching. It can also be bothersome or debilitating. Severe pain can limit standing, walking, exercise, and other activities. This type of pain is not as common as other kinds of foot pain and identifying its source can be challenging. Causes of pain on the outside of the foot can include, but not be limited to, ankle sprains, arthritis, and bunionettes. Ankle sprains causing lateral foot pain are more apt to occur in those people who have high arches. Activities that cause the foot to twist, roll inward, or suddenly change directions, are common causes of ankle sprains. Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in joints. A bunionette which is also called a tailor’s bunion is a bone malformation that causes the base of the pinky toe to jut outward. If you experience pain on the outside of the foot that does not improve with rest or begins to feel worse, it is important to seek the counsel of a chiropodist who can provide you with a diagnosis and advise you of the best course of treatment.

Foot pain is a common problem treated by chiropodists. If you have foot pain, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When you are experiencing foot pain, it’s important to note the type of pain and its location, as this can help determine a diagnosis. 

Pain in the top of the foot may be caused by:

  • Stress fractures

  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

  • Extensor tendonitis

  • Tibialis anterior tendonitis

  • Gout

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Ganglion cysts

Pain in the bottom of the foot may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Foot cramps

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

  • Plantar fibromatosis

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Flat feet

Pain on the side of the foot may be caused by:

  • Ankle sprain

  • Cuboid syndrome

  • Peroneal tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Bunions

  • Corns or calluses

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

Heel pain may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Bone spurs

  • Heel fractures

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

  • Sever’s disease 

Pain in the toes may be caused by:

  • Gout

  • Hammertoe

  • Turf toe 

  • Bunions

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Blisters 

  • Arthritis

These and many more conditions can be treated by a chiropodist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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