Foot pain, outside edge, left foot
by Andy Bible
Have had plantar fasciitis in both feet that shots pretty much cured. This pain is different. Left foot, outside edge, not quite half way between my heel and little toe. My doctor put me in orthotics when he was treating the plantar fasciitis. When this other pain continued, he built up the outside edge w/ a piece of foam. Is getting no better at all. He first said it was a tendon issue. Now he's saying nerve. He can call it what he wants, I just want my foot to stop hurting. Have done the 2400 mg of Ibuprofen a day and ice. Nothing is working. Can you help?
This is one of the commonly asked problems to this forum.
More than likely you have irritated the tendon that runs under the bone midway between your heel and little toe. Your doctor has the right diagnosis.
A few recommendations. One, the orthotic may actually be worsening the problem, so if your plantar fasciitis is no longer a problem, stop wearing the orthotic, as it is pushing your foot to the outside and putting pressure on that area.
Secondly, ask your doctor about a cortisone shot in the area, as they can be very helpful. Third, and maybe the biggest issue, check to make sure all of your shoes are wide enough in that area of the foot. Some people have a large protrusion of the fifth metatarsal base and so for them the bone and tendon presses into the edge of the shoe (this will be worsened by the orthotics).
Most of these problems are ultimately solved by eliminating shoes that are too narrow in that area.
Marc Mitnick DPM