There’s a lot of causes of pain on the side of the foot; without finding the cause, it can be almost impossible to treat the pain. Finding the underlying cause of the pain must be the first step in your treatment, from there, your doctor can help you with your pain.
Below, are a few of the more common conditions that can cause side of the foot pain. We have included the symptoms and descriptions of how the pain usually feels to help you pinpoint the condition that you may have. However, before you begin any treatment for the condition, you must get it confirmed by a doctor. The symptoms of these ailments can be very similar, and without a diagnosis, you can make the condition worse if you try to treat it.
With that in mind, we hope the information below helps you identify the condition that is causing the pain in the side of your foot.
Conditions that can cause side of the foot pain
A less common cause of pain in the side of the foot, cuboid syndrome is frequently left undiagnosed which leads to pain and other symptoms being present for long periods. The cuboid is a foot bone; cuboid syndrome occurs when this bone is dislocated. The reason it’s often missed is that it can happen when you sprain your ankle and so the pain you are feeling can often be attributed to the sprain and not the cuboid dislocation. You may notice some redness, swelling and the area being tender to the touch. If you have been suffering from pain in the foot and ankle from a sprained ankle for over three months, you should be checked for cuboid syndrome.
Stress fractures are a small break in a bone that usually develops from repetitive sporting activities. The area of the pain will depend on which bone has the break. The pain from stress fractures will usually come on mildly to begin with but will get worse. Along with the pain in the side of your foot, you may notice tenderness around the area and swelling which will get worse when you are active.
The pain from this condition forms on the outside of the foot and around your heel. It occurs when repetitive tension is put on the tendons of the foot. This tension causes irritation, swelling and degeneration. It is typically caused by frequent overuse. Long distance running, muscle imbalance or abnormal foot position can all be responsible. The pain from this condition generally comes on slowly and gradually increases over months. It will typically be worse in the morning and after activity but will ease with rest.
These are just a few of the more common conditions that can cause side of the foot pain. There are plenty of other less common causes of this pain so do make sure that you go and see a GP or podiatrist about the pain in your foot. If you would like to find out more about other common causes of foot pain, please explore our blog further.