Pain on top of foot, on the outside

My foot is hurting on the top, along the outside of my foot. If I walk in heels or on my tip toes, it does not hurt. It hurts when barefoot or no heel shoes. It has been hurting for a little over 2 weeks and now the pain is starting to radiate up towards my ankle. For everyday, it is annoying but not awful, that said, by the end of the day I find myself trying not to walk on it. I typically run once a week and I am not able to now, I also have a standing desk but have chosen to sit until my foot is better, since standing on it is painful as well.

I am wondering should I have it looked at or give it a little more time. I would rather not pay to look at it if there is really nothing that can be done. I might have rolled it, because I went out dancing in shoes that were not very supportive.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Some of the differentials for the area of pain you are describing is peroneal tendonitis, lateral ankle capsulitis, lateral ankle ligament sprain, and sinus tarsi syndrome. All of these I would start to address with 5 minutes of foot release on a golf ball, 5 minutes of calf/peroneal foam rolling (, supportive shoes with arch support (i.e. Lynco by Aetrex) and NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve.

    Do this every day for at least 2 weeks and if your pain persists then I’d see a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you in person.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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