Foot pain outer side, one inch forward of ankle

Hi: I have had this pain in both feet for over 10 years and hoped that it would resolve itself now that I am retired, but it has not. Now, I am considering surgery to shave off the bone that I can feel near the skin on both feet. I don’t know if this will fix the problem or not. My wife has this same bone on the side of her feet, but it does not cause her pain, so the bone is likely normal but causes me pain for some reason. I have tried many different orthotic insoles, but they often irritate the pain since most of them put pressure on the outside edge of the foot. I do have curvature of the lower leg that causes pronation. But, I don’t think that can be corrected. Any suggestions will be appreciated. thanks, John

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  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question John. Have you ever seen a Podiatrist before for this issue? It sounds like you may be describing a bunion. A bunion is a shift or deviation in the great toe joint appearing as a overgrowth or extension of a bone off the side of the foot. For some patients bunions can cause pain while in others they remain asymptomatic.

    Orthotics can help slow down the rate at which the bunion grows – but it cannot cure or reverse the bunion. I recommend you see a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you, take X-rays and discuss the most appropriate treatment for your foot.

    Good luck!

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