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Inner ankle pain

by Al


I get a lot of pain on my foot (usually right one) that feels like I sprained my ankle althoughI did not. I was told that a bone on the inner side of my feet are a little to big and thus rubs on shoes causing an inflamation which results in pain. At times, its very difficult to walk due to the inflamation. The pain is usually aggravated whenever I wearshoes particulalry dress shows that area bit firmer than causal walkig shoes. Lately, it seem that any type of shoes aggravates my pain. Things clearly get better over a period of time when I do not wear shoes and put my feet up. A doctor suggested that the only solution would be to shave a part of eachof the innr bone that are a bit too large on a foot by foot basis. I am reluctant to do this in the event that this will not solve the problem.

I am 39 and in good shape. I do not overdo any sport functions. I weigh about 85 kilos with some signifiant muscle mass. I am about 5'8" tall.

What do you think?

Hi Al,

It sounds as if your pain refers to an enlarged navicular bone or even an accessory navicular (extra bone).
There is a possibility that if you stop wearing shoes that aggravate the bone and wear a more conservative shoe, that over a period of weeks to a few months the pain may subside or even disappear. When there is a bony abnormality on a foot I often tell the patient that trying to wear a dressy shoe on that type of foot is the equivalent of trying to put a square peg into a round hole. It just will not fit.

Now if you try that and it does not alleviate your problem your next option would be to consider surgical intervention. Two points. One, there is never any guarantees with surgery but this type of surgery is not an overly complicated procedure and can have very satisfying results and two, how much pain do you have? See my page on
surgical consideration to see my philosophy on when to consent to surgical intervention. If the pain you are experiencing is affecting your ability to do the things you want to do then I think you have to give some thought to surgical intervention.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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Dec 27, 2009
I have a accessory navicular
by: Mohamed

Hello ,
im 21 years old , i have accessory navicular bone & sometimes it pains me , i wear ankle most of time ,sometimes i cant walk on it.
is my case need surgery since it pains me since i was 15 , & i dont know after 10 or 15 year my case will be .

Jul 05, 2009
inner ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I'm 43 and my left inner ankle started aching a few months ago. I go barefoot most of the time, and always wear flat, comfortable shoes. All I can say is Iyengar yoga helps relieve the ache. It always feels best right after a yoga class.

May 09, 2009
Ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I am 32 Years old and I have started working out 12 days ago and 3 days ago I started having a lot of pain in both of my inner ankles it is so painful that I find it very hard to go up and down stairs.They hurt so much When I touch them with any kind of pressure it hurts even worse but if I rub them gentley they are ok until I stop.Any ideas anyone what could have caused this?

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