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Limping on The Outside of The Foot Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your limping on the outside of the foot symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

5 Possible Limping On The Outside Of The Foot Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced limping on the outside of the foot. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Ankle sprain

Ankle ligaments, which connect bones to one another, stabilize the ankle joint. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments caused by a twisting motion of the joint.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury, swollen ankle, bruised ankle, ankle twisting

Symptoms that always occur with ankle sprain: pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury

Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit

Broken foot (navicular bone fracture)

The navicular is one of the bones of the foot.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, recent ankle injury, foot pain from overuse

Symptoms that always occur with broken foot (navicular bone fracture): pain in one foot, constant foot pain, recent ankle injury

Urgency: In-person visit

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Stress fracture of the foot (marching fracture)

A "March" stress fracture of the foot is named because it's sometimes linked to soldiers marching for a long time. This foot fracture happens because of prolonged stress or weight-bearing.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: constant foot pain, foot pain from overuse, pain in one foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in the top of the foot

Symptoms that always occur with stress fracture of the foot (marching fracture): foot pain from overuse, constant foot pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Ankle arthritis

Arthritis simply means inflammation of the joints. Because the feet and ankles have many small joints and carry the weight of the body, they are often the first place that arthritis appears.

Arthritis is caused by a breakdown in the protective cartilage at the end of each joint, so that the bones begin to wear against each other and the joint becomes stiff and painful. This breakdown may be due to simple wear and tear; an injury; or from rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition which causes the body to break down its own cartilage.

Symptoms include swelling, warmth, and redness in the joint, and pain with movement or with pressure on the joint.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and imaging such as x-rays, CT scan, or MRI.

There is no cure for arthritis, but treatment is important because the symptoms can be managed to prevent further damage, ease pain, and improve quality of life. Treatment involves physical therapy, pain-relieving medications, and sometimes surgery to help repair damaged joints.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: swollen ankle, swollen foot, joint stiffness, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness

Urgency: Self-treatment

Acute ankle bone infection (osteomyelitis)

Osteomyelitis of the ankle is a bacterial or fungal infection of the ankle bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: moderate fever, constant ankle pain, spontaneous ankle pain, warm red ankle swelling, painful surgical site

Symptoms that always occur with acute ankle bone infection (osteomyelitis): spontaneous ankle pain, constant ankle pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Limping On The Outside Of The Foot

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Can you stand on both legs?
  • Have you been experiencing dizziness?
  • Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Limping On The Outside Of The Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced limping on the outside of the foot have also experienced:

  • 6% Pain In The Top Of The Foot
  • 6% Toe Numbness
  • 5% Foot Pain

People who have experienced limping on the outside of the foot were most often matched with:

  • 50% Broken Foot (Navicular Bone Fracture)
  • 30% Stress Fracture Of The Foot (Marching Fracture)
  • 20% Ankle Sprain

People who have experienced limping on the outside of the foot had symptoms persist for:

  • 38% Over a month
  • 24% Less than a week
  • 21% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.