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Causes of Pain on the Outside of the Foot

Pain felt on the outside of the foot is termed lateral pain, and there are many causes. The most common cause of lateral foot pain is a sprained ankle, which is responsible for about 85 percent of lateral foot injuries. When the anterior talofibular, or ATFL, ligament is overstretched, it can be torn or, in severe cases, ruptured. This injury causes pain, swelling, bruising, and instability. If an ankle sprain is not fully healed and rehabbed, it can become a chronic condition. Overuse by runners is another cause of pain on the outside of the foot. It can result in hairline fractures in the bones of the feet, including the fifth metatarsal. Because continuing the activity can lead to breaking the bone, resting the foot for about six weeks is suggested. A third cause of pain on the outside of the foot is termed peroneal tendinosis. Repetitive use of the ankle and improper footwear are the main causes of irritation to this tendon. Resting the leg can help it to heal, and in some cases, surgery is a treatment option. For help with pain on the outside of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Michael Schwartzman, DPM from Illinois and Indiana . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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