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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
Bumps on side of both feet
bumps on feet
These bumps on side of both feet (see 3 images) typically don't cause
pain but tend to hurt a little when doing rigid physical exercise.
Bumps don't even hurt when touching or pressing, only after PE.
Daughter is 11 , about 5'4 , has grown a lot over that last 3 years, shoe size about 7.
What do we have here?
Will it go away?
Shall we just observe or act?
Any time a person has "bumps" of an unknown entity occurring any where on their body, the proper thing to do would be to have a doctor look at them and confirm that they are nothing serious. Lets face it; the bumps should not be there.
Just because they basically do not hurt is not a reason to avoid seeking medical attention.
Having said that, according to your narrative you state that they are occurring on both feet. (it is difficult to tell from the pictures) So, because they are on both feet I can probably make the assumption that they are occurring from a common denominator, which in most cases are shoes.
You mention that your daughter does rigid physical exercise so that raises the question of whether or not she wears cleats or is she in sneakers all the time?
I ask because cleats are generally more narrow than sneakers and also of a harder leather making irritation of the foot a lot more common place.
The top picture reveals a lump on what is known as the base of the fifth metatarsal. In most individuals there is a normal flare of the bone at this level, while many people exhibit an exaggerated flare which of course can then be aggravated by shoes, particularly narrow, hard leather shoes.
Thus, if your daughter does wear cleats that may explain why she has these bumps in that area.
Truthfully, the other two pictures are of little help to me but I will make the assumption she has the same fifth metatarsal problem on both feet.
Based on that assumption I am "guessing" that the problem is nothing more than shoe irritation and if that is the case then nothing more should be done to these bumps as long as they are looked at by a local doctor who confirms all of this.
Once that is confirmed then my suggestion would be to try and buy your daughter slightly wider shoes or a different brand which may not be quite as tight and may have a softer leather to keep pressure off the side of the feet.
The obvious problem here is that even though these bumps give your daughter a minimum amount of discomfort at this point in time, there is always the possibility that they will become more painful on a regular basis and then you will be faced with tougher questions on how to handle this problem.
So...first, have them checked out by a doctor and then go from there.
Marc Mitnick DPM
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