Pain in The Outside of The Foot Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your pain in 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
  4. Related Articles

5 Possible Pain In The Outside Of The Foot Causes

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

Morton neuroma

Morton neuroma, also called by the older name Morton's neuroma, is a thickening of fibrous tissue in the ball of the foot. This tissue encapsulates the nerve leading to the third and fourth toes. It is not actually a tumor of the nerve, as the name suggests.

The thickening is caused by years of trauma, irritation, and/or compression to the feet. High-heeled shoes, especially if narrow or tight, are a common cause. The condition is most often seen in women over age 45.

Symptoms include burning pain in the ball of the foot, especially with walking or running. The condition will not heal on its own and can lead to chronic foot pain.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination of the foot with simple range of motion exercises, and sometimes x-ray.

Treatment includes changing to better-fitting shoes that do not compress the nerve; using orthotics in the shoes to take more pressure off of the nerve; and in some cases the use of corticosteroid injections.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: foot numbness, pain in the sole of the foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in both feet, foot injury

Urgency: Self-treatment

Jones fracture (broken foot)

A Jones Fracture is a fracture of a bone on the outside of the foot (called the fifth metatarsal). A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that develops with time), or a sudden break due to trauma. This can result in pain, swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, foot bruise, foot injury

Symptoms that always occur with jones fracture (broken foot): foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, constant foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain in the outside of the foot

Urgency: In-person visit

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Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome refers to the symptoms that result from compression of the posterior tibial nerve. The posterior tibial nerve provides sensation to the bottom of the foot and controls some of the muscles involved in foot structure and movement.

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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

Foot sprain

A foot sprain is damage to ligaments within the foot. The term "sprain" refers to overstretching or tearing of ligaments — the strong, fibrous bands of tissue that hold the bones together within the joints. Foot sprains are usually sports or dance injuries. Any sort of running movement that involves sud...

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In The Outside Of The Foot

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

  • Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Has a bunion formed on your foot?
  • Did you recently injure your foot?
  • How would you explain the cause of your foot pain?

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

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Pain In The Outside Of The Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the foot have also experienced:

  • 4% Difficulty Walking
  • 4% Swollen Foot
  • 4% Swelling Of One Foot

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the foot were most often matched with:

  • 55% Jones Fracture (Broken Foot)
  • 33% Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • 11% Morton Neuroma

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the foot had symptoms persist for:

  • 32% Over a month
  • 26% Less than a week
  • 22% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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