The Causes of Lateral Foot Pain: The Solution Lies in the Toes

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Lateral foot pain is the result of a person experiencing lateral stress on their feet that might just cause ankle injuries or foot deformity with time and lack of proper physical therapy. This lateral pressure can cause pain in the ball of your foot, or even your toes. Lateral foot pain occurs when walking or running and it can cause problems with balance.

The causes for lateral foot pain are varied, but there is one thing that every sufferer has in common- they experience lateral stress to their feet. We’re going to talk about some of the most common causes for lateral foot pain before we get into the available treatment option and prevention methods.

It’s important to know what causes lateral foot pain because without that knowledge you won’t be able to find a solution!

What is lateral foot pain?

Lateral foot pain is the result of lateral stress to your feet.it can be related to various type of injury possibilities. As it can be related to heavy weight bearing of excessive body weight.

The lateral pressure can cause pain in the ball of your foot, or even your toes. Lateral foot pain occurs when walking or running and it can also cause problems with balance.

You definitely need a professional physical examination so you can tell if that’s what you’re dealing with.

What causes lateral foot pain?

There are many different causes for lateral foot pain- some common ones include: flat feet, being overweight, wearing poorly fitting footwear like heels or improperly sized shoes, tight achilles tendons on either side of our ankles from sitting too long without stretching them out every once in awhile (they must be stretched after you sit down), standing all day at work; poor alignment that produces overpronation which leads to more pronated position while walking/running.

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Some of the main causes:

  • Narrow Shoes: If you wear shoes that are too narrow, it will press on the lateral side of your foot and can cause lateral pain. This is a common mistake for people who have wide feet or high arches making them prone to lateral pressure in general. The solution? Wear wider shoes!
  • Flat Feet: People with flat feet don’t experience lateral stress on their soles like those with higher arches do so they’re less likely to suffer from lateral foot pain because their weight isn’t distributed evenly across the entire sole of the foot. You might be thinking “well I’ve got flat feet and I’m not feeling any pain!” That’s great news but if you start walking more than usual then your body could start to experience lateral pain.
  • Exercise: Make sure you’re doing the right amount of exercise for your feet. This means don’t walk barefoot on hard surfaces, wear supportive shoes if you’re going running or walking long distances and make sure that while exercising you maintain proper alignment in order to avoid putting too much pressure on any one area of your foot.

What are the lateral foot pain symptoms?

Lateral Foot Pain has many different signs and differential diagnosis that might not be easy to spot. Some of these include: lateral ankle pain, lateral knee pain, lateral groin pain, a feeling of something being stuck under your forefoot or mid-to-outer foot. You may experience heel discomfort and/or ligament strain on the inside of your feet when walking with inward rotation (insteps).

Sometimes you can also feel soreness in toes or even numbness in one side of your lower leg along your shinbone if you have been wearing shoes that don’t properly fit for too long. The areas just mentioned all happen to coincide with the location where lateral pressure is generated during each step while walking – it is lateral foot pain.

The lateral forefoot is the area of greatest lateral support for your foot while walking. The lateral side of the forefoot has a proprioceptive sensory nerve called the “lateral cutaneous branch,” which helps to detect pressure on this region and provides feedback to other parts of our body, including muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments in both feet that are intimately involved with stabilizing our arches during each step we take…

This injury can cause us to feel as if something is stuck under or near our toes when we walk because it’s creating an imbalance where there should be none! External rotation (rolling in) may also produce symptoms like soreness around your Achilles tendon at the back calf muscle region due to the lateral cutaneous branch coming into contact with fascia.

The lateral side of your foot plays a key role in stabilizing and supporting you while walking, which is why injuries on this area can produce pain that feels like something pressing down or under one’s toes when walking. External rotation (rolling in) may also produce symptoms like soreness around your Achilles tendon at the back calf muscle region due to the lateral cutaneous branch coming into contact with fascia, but it doesn’t have to be some form of injury!

The Lateral Cutaneous Branch can become overly sensitive even without any kind of trigger event occurring because its proprioceptive (sensing) nerve system has been impaired from prolonged standing periods, postural imbalances, and lateral shearing forces.

Standing for long periods of time and lateral cutaneous branch sensitivity are something we see with many patients, but what if you also have pain when walking? This is a sign that there may be an underlying issue related to the bones in your feet or even some form of nerve damage which can be addressed through chiropractic care. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation as well as other forms of conservative treatment like nutritional therapy and biofeedback training to help address these types of issues!

What’s the solution?

Treatment for lateral foot pain:

Lateral foot pain is a common complaint among people. There are many reasons why lateral foot pain can occur, but it typically stems from an imbalance in the feet.

The proprioceptive (sensing) nerve system has been impaired from prolonged standing periods, postural imbalances, and lateral shearing forces. Standing for long periods of time and lateral cutaneous branch sensitivity are something we see with many patients, but what if you also have pain when walking?

This is a sign that there may be an underlying issue related to the bones in your feet or even some form of nerve damage which can be addressed through chiropractic care. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation as well as other forms of conservative treatment like nutritional therapy and exercise to improve the lateral foot pain.

An imbalance on lateral foot pain can be treated with chiropractic care. Standing for long periods and lateral cutaneous branch sensitivity are two things we see often, but what if you have lateral foot pain when walking? This is a sign that there may be an underlying issue related to bones or nerves which can be addressed through spinal manipulation, nutritional therapy, and exercise.

There are many causes for lateral foot pain, but there most likely something going on in the spine which can be addressed through chiropractic care. One of the main reasons people get lateral foot pain is by standing or walking for long periods of time without giving their feet a break.

Standing improperly and lateral cutaneous branch sensitivity are two things we see often as well, but what if you have lateral foot pain when walking? This may be because there is an underlying issue related to bones or nerves that has been ignored- but it can be treated by chiropractors with spinal manipulation along with other forms of conservative treatment like nutritional therapy and exercise.

Maintaining good health habits will also help treat lateral heel (outside of foot) pain. For instance, a lateral heel (outside of foot) pain could be caused by not wearing supportive shoes for long periods of time and this is something that can easily be solved with the right shoe selection or simply taking breaks from standing or walking to stretch one’s feet.

  • lateral heel (outside of foot) pain
  • lateral cutaneous branch sensitivity
  • spinal manipulation in chiropractic care
  • nutritional therapy as part of conservative treatment along with other forms like exercise
  • maintaining good health habits will help treat lateral heel (outside -of-)foot pain such as having supportive shoes when working on your feet all day etc.

How to prevent lateral foot pain?

Maintaining good health habits will help treat lateral heel (outside -of-) foot pain such as having supportive shoes when working on your feet all day etc.

How to prevent lateral foot pain? By preventing these factors that cause it you can avoid the risk for developing lateral foot pain and also improve ones’ overall health because we are not neglecting our physical bodies by providing them what they need to be healthy, happy and strong! This is a win/win situation!! It may seem intimidating at first but there are many simple things we can do that will make a big difference on the lateral foot pain.

  • Good footwear: supportive shoes, avoiding high heels and other pointed toes of any height, as well as flip flops etc…
  • Maintaining your weight in moderate range (not going underweight or overweight) this is important because being too thin makes you more prone to lateral heel pain – at least for now until they invent some technology to fix our problems! Lol; but it’s not just about fat on your body but also food intake, eat healthy foods and plenty of them!!
  • Take breaks from standing up during work hours, get a stool if there are no chairs available so you don’t have to stand all day long or worse, sit all the time
  • Stretch your calves, hamstrings and feet, this will allow for better flow of blood in those areas which will reduce lateral foot pain
  • Ice massaging: put some frozen vegetables (cucumbers are great) or any other type of food that is icy on a bag inside your shoe after taking off socks to make it cold
  • Massage by using tennis ball. Roll it under each toe repeatedly as well as press into the arch – also work from heel towards toes with slight pressure so you can release more tension and improve circulation, not just lateral but also plantar fasciitis too!!! Lol; these methods have improved lateral foot pain tremendously while reducing swelling!!

Thank you for reading and we hope this article was useful to you!

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