Every day, someone comes to our office pointing to a pain on the outside of their foot – somewhere between the outside ankle bone and the little toe.

There is a common condition that occurs here, and it rarely originates from an injury. Though the pain usually starts small, it can grow into a bigger problem.

This kind of pain commonly indicates a form of tendinitis, but it can also be caused by bone swelling, a stress fracture, or a torn tendon.

The longer this pain is present, the greater the chance it can cause new pain elsewhere such as the knee, hip or back. That’s because changing our gait to compensate for pain in this part of the foot is common.

Wearing sturdy, supportive shoes usually makes the foot feel a little better. Applying ice, resting the foot, and taking ibuprofen can help. Barefoot walking or flatter shoes will usually aggravate the pain.

Unfortunately, it’s rare that pain here that has lasted for longer than a few weeks will get better on its own.

The best option is to get an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan as soon as possible.

You can usually avoid long-term consequences and even surgery by having any foot problem that has lasted more than a few weeks professionally diagnosed and treated.

Let us know if we can be of help to you in getting to the bottom of your foot, knee, hip, or back pain.