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Possible Causes for Pain on the Outside of Your Foot

Pain on the outer, or lateral, side of your foot can occur due to a variety of reasons. You may have had a foot or ankle condition, like an ankle sprain, that was not treated or did not properly heal. Your cuboid bone, the most lateral bone in the midfoot, may have become partially dislocated due to excess tension or weight placed upon it. You may be compensating for a bunion on the inside of your foot by placing most of your weight on lateral side. The peroneal tendons, which run from the back of your calf to the lateral side of your foot, may be inflamed or swollen—a condition known as peroneal tendonitis. Other possible causes for lateral pain in your foot include stress fractures, arthritis, or even tarsal coalition—a rare congenital condition where bones located near the back of the foot are not connected properly. Consult with a podiatrist who can discover the underlying cause of your lateral foot pain and treat it accordingly.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. 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 Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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