Advertisement

What causes lateral foot pain?

This is a great question, and one with which I have some personal experience. A couple years ago I developed a pain on my lateral left foot, right around the bony protrusion of the 5th metatarsal. It turned out to be peroneal tendonitis. The peroneals run from the lateral knee to the 5th metatarsal. I was doing quite a bit of swimming at the time, and had apparently been pushing off the wall pretty hard on my turns. I was swimming a mile to a mile and a half 3 times per week. It was this repetitive motion that had caused the overuse injury (tendonitis). After some rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory drugs the issue went away. 

This is not the only thing that can cause lateral foot pain. A stress fracture of the metatarsal could also be the culprit. In which case the advice of a medical professional is in order. 

Continue Learning about Foot and Ankle Conditions

Worst Case Scenario: I Wear High Heels Every Day
Worst Case Scenario: I Wear High Heels Every Day
High heels may turn your outfit up a notch, but they can wreak havoc on your body. “Other than how they make you look, there’s very little upside to ...
Read More
What causes ankle instability?
Steven R. Anthony, DOSteven R. Anthony, DO
Ankle instability is caused by multiple sprains, according to Steven Anthony, DO, with Fawcett Memor...
More Answers
How can other health conditions affect foot problems?
Fawcett Memorial HospitalFawcett Memorial Hospital
Health conditions, like diabetes, can cause foot problems, such as swelling, sores and even tissue d...
More Answers
What Is Recovery Like After Ankle Surgery?
What Is Recovery Like After Ankle Surgery?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.