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pain in both feet on outer sides of feet

by Rebecca
(Augusta, GA USA)

I have been having pains in both feet for approximately 8 months. The pain generally occurs on the outer side of my feet. I have had no accidents and have even purchased inserts for my shoes. I have had x-rays on my feet and the doctor said that I do have bone spurs in both heels but the pain is not in my heels. If I stand on my tip toes I just about will fall over from the pain radiating from the sides of my feet. If any pressure is applied to my feet like grabbing the top of my foot and gently squeezing I about come out of my skin. When I wake up in the morning I cannot leave the bed without bracing the wall and stretching my calves. This will allow me to walk in the morning. The doctor said there was nothing else he could do. I find this hard to believe because this pain is definitely not normal. Please advise what you think may be causing this issue and if there are any stretches other than calf stretches that I can do to help reduce this pain. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Rebecca,
It has always been my thought that when a patient has the same pain on each foot, there has to be a common denominator. Things such as certain athletic activities or a certain pair of shoes, that create the pain.
The three most common things I see on the outside of the foot are, 1. cuboid syndrome, 2. inflammation of the peroneus longus tendon which is the tendon that comes down the side of the foot and at the level of the fifth metatarsal base (the protrusion most people have on the outside of the foot midway between the little toe and ankle)turns and goes underneath and across the bottom of the foot and 3. irritation or even fracture of the fifth metatarsal base.
(I discuss all three conditions on my site)
I would suggest you see another doctor as his advice that you have a heel spur is ridiculous compared to where your pain is arising from.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Dec 09, 2016
by: Heather

Hello I have this same pain in both feet. Did you ever find out what was causing this?

Mar 31, 2016
Same EXACT issue in both feet
by: Laladabaglady

I have been having the same exact issue with both my feet on the outer sides about mid-way between the pinky toe and the heel. I can't even get out of bed in the morning without hobbling like I'm an 80 yr old woman. I noticed extreme pain not just a "sore" feeling constantly everyday for the last 6 months. I told a Dr. who immediately looked at my weight and tested for diabetes. Thank god the tests were all negative and I never got an explanation. Any news from your case, or anyone have any advice. Please and thank you!

The pain sounds like it is coming from what is known as the "base of the fifth metatarsal", usually when pain occurs in this spot and it is occurring on both feet, it tells me that you may have a pair of shoes that are the culprit.
This area tends to be a very wide portion of your foot and if you are wearing a shoe(s) that are too narrow, there is either too much pressure against the bone, the bone is hanging over the sole of the shoe.
In either instance, this can cause pain in that area.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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