Understanding Lateral Foot Pain – Side of Foot Pain

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Lateral Foot Pain – Side of Foot – Is it a Stress Fracture?

With 26 bones and 33 joints, foot pain can have multiple causes and numerous types of pain. Lateral foot injuries include pain on the little toe side of the foot, whereas medial foot pain is on the big toe side. Although many conditions can be to blame, side of foot pain is often due to causes such as overuse, stress fractures, peroneal tendonitis or even improper footwear.

If you’re experiencing lateral or medial foot pain, it’s important not to diagnose the injury yourself, which could lead to more problems. Rather, schedule an appointment with a trusted physical therapist to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your specific foot condition.

What Causes Foot Pain on the Side of Your Foot

Lateral foot pain can make it difficult to participate in daily activities —  even something as simple as walking or standing. Affecting the outside of the foot and ankle, this pain can be due to a number of conditions, such as joint or tendon inflammation, arthritis, pinched nerves or the presence of fine cracks in the bones. 

If left untreated, these conditions can worsen, leading to larger problems such as an ankle sprain, cuboid syndrome, peroneal tendonitis and even a stress fracture. 

Is Your Lateral Foot Pain Due to a Stress Fracture?

Stress fractures are very small cracks in a bone.  The long bones of the feet are called the metatarsals.  The metatarsal along the lateral foot is at high risk of a stress fracture as a result of overuse. Bones in the feet are at risk because they are required to bear body weight during all upright activities’ physical activity.

Throughout an athlete’s career, it’s common to experience foot pain. Whether in gymnastics, soccer, basketball or dance, athletes who constantly use their feet to move quickly, jump or change directions can suffer from foot pain on the side of their foot including stress fractures. 

Athletes are not the only group to experience pain on the side of their foot. Everyday activities as simple as wearing improper footwear or a lack of nutrients can lead to a foot pain. These things can cause a lot of problems, not only for your feet but also for other joints, such as your hips and knees.

Not sure if you have a stress fracture? An X-ray may not be able to capture the smaller cracks, as a result, an MRI may be necessary. 

Can Physical Therapy Help Pain on the Side of Your Foot?

Are you an athlete experiencing lateral foot pain? Are your flimsy sandals causing foot pain in the side of your foot? Physical Therapy could help after you get rid of those sandals!

At Twin Boro, our Physical Therapists have experience in selecting the best treatment options for your foot pain. The aim of physical therapy for pain located on the side of your foot is to help regain normal movement that; improves blood flow, decrease pains, and enhances healing. Your therapist may also recommend certain foot and ankle exercises to do on a regular basis to decrease the risk of foot injury.

Small improvements can make a significant difference in pain levels, the ability to move and quality of life. If you’re experiencing pain on the side of your foot, we invite you to schedule your no-obligation appointment at one of our 23 convenient New Jersey clinics. At Twin Boro, we take the time to properly evaluate and treat patients dealing with different foot or ankle conditions  to help them find the relief they need, fast. 

Call us at 1-877-304-3000 to schedule your appointment today.

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