What is the pain on the side of my foot?

There are many conditions that can cause pain in the side of your foot. In this article, we are going to explore some of the most common conditions that could be causing your pain. Although the list below is fairly short, we do have other lists on this topic so do make sure to have a read of those while you are here. It is always best to get your pain looked at by your GP or a specialist, they can offer advice on what steps to take next.

3 of the common causes of pain in the side of your foot.

1. Bunions

Bunions are a common cause of deformity as well as pain on the outside of your foot. They most commonly occur on the joint of your big toe. They begin to develop when the big toe rotates inwards and points towards your other toes. This will cause the bone at the base of your toe to stick out the side of your foot. It is thought that there might be a genetic link with bunion sufferers, however, they can also form as a result of wearing ill-fitting footwear.

2. Cuboid Syndrome

This is one of the less common conditions on this list but often goes undiagnosed which can lead to further complications so we thought it was worth a mention. This condition is caused by one of the small foot bones (the cuboid) being partially dislocated. It most often occurs following an injury like an ankle sprain. The most common symptom of Cuboid Syndrome is pain that runs down the outside of your foot and into your toes, the pain is likely to be worse in the mornings, when running, jumping or hopping, especially on uneven ground. If you have experienced an ankle sprain in the last 3 months or so and you are still feeling the pain from it, get yourself assessed for this condition, it affects around 7% of people who have sprained their ankle.

3. Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis is a condition that causes pain on the inner side of your foot. It affects the tendon that runs along the inner side of your ankle and attaches under your foot. This tendons job is to support the inner foot arch and so as a result, sufferers often have flat feet. Just like all types of tendonitis, this one develops when there is inflammation, irritation of degeneration to the tendon, usually due to repetitive overuse or an injury.

We hope this information has helped you with the pain in the side of your foot. As we said, if you are unsure what is causing the pain in your foot then get yourself down to your GP or go and see a specialist, they will be able to recommend the best course of action to take. We have plenty of other articles on our blog covering other common conditions for pain on the side of your foot so do make sure to take a look at those while you are here.

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