I am having pain on the outside of my foot at the base of the metatarsal of my little toe. It hurts when I move my foot & is worse after walking. I am creeping up on 60 years old. Any suggestions?
Hello and thank you for your question.
Sounds like your peroneals may be acting up. The peroneal muscles run on the outside of the lower leg, behind the ankle bone and with one tendon inserting on the base of the 5th metatarsal (which is where I believe you are describing your pain).
The peroneals are used whenever we stand or walk, which means it is easy to overuse them. What I recommend is to stretch your calves at least 5 – 10 minutes every day, ice the area 15 minutes at the end of the day and try to reduce your activity for at least a week. If the pain persists I recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you, as well as offer an X-ray or possible steroid injection to the area.
I hope this helps!
Dr. Emily Splichal
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