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Possible Reasons for Lateral Foot Pain

Lateral foot pain refers to pain that runs along the outside of the foot and ankle. This can make it difficult for one to perform their everyday activities. This type of pain can come from a variety of conditions or injuries, such as an ankle sprain, bunions, or cuboid syndrome. Among other things, lateral foot pain can lead to foot instability, swelling, and tenderness. A sprain happens from overstretching of a ligament in the foot or ankle. Cuboid syndrome is a partial dislocation of one of the lateral foot bones, known as the cuboid bone, from tension or excess weight on the bone. Bunions are a bone deformity that causes the big toe to bend in and point towards the smaller toes. Having a bunion can lead to one putting their body weight on the outside of the foot and causing pain there. Since there are other reasons one might have lateral foot pain, if you suffer from such discomfort, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can make a proper diagnosis and provide treatment options

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures


Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain


To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.


Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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