Lateral Foot Pain

Lateral foot pain is pain that runs along the outer side of your foot and ankle. It can occur before, during, or after activities such as walking and running. Lateral foot pain can make it difficult for you to move around or even stand. Lateral foot pain can cause a variety of symptoms, most of which depend on which part of your foot is affected.


Lateral foot pain is a symptom often associated with the following conditions:

Bunionnete (Tailor’s bunion)
A bunionette is a condition similar to bunions, but not as common. It affects the base of the baby toe.

Fractures of the Fifth Metatarsal
These fractures occur in the fifth metatarsal—the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe.

Lateral Column (Outside of Midfoot) Overload: Pain
Lateral column overload is a somewhat non-specific condition that results from an excessive loading through the bones onto the outer part of the midfoot.

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