Recent Pain

I recently notice that the bottom outside edge of my foot had a swollen knob develop. I figured it may go away, but it has done nothing of the sort. It has become quite painful at times. It even affects my walking as well. Im trying to show a picture of close to where the pain/knob is. The actual area is more on the bottom of my foot that the picture. And the pain kind-of burns hurts when pressed on. Thanks


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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. Sorry to hear you are experiencing foot pain.

    The area you are indicating on the picture is the base of the 5th metatarsal (long bone in foot) which is where a tendon (peroneus brevis) attaches. This muscle is used when we stand and walk, and can easily become inflamed (tendonitis) with excessive activity or improper shoes. It is normal for the base of this long bone to protrude slightly and if there is excess pressure on the bone and say a shoe, you can form a bursitis. A bursa is a fluid filled sac over bony prominences in the body which if inflamed can be painful.

    I suggest either taking NSAID or ice the area, as well as stretching your calves and massage the bottom of the foot. If you notice pressure in shoes then ensure you wear wider shoes. Give your body a period of 1-2 weeks of consistent icing, NSAIDs, stretching and if you do not respond by then, then I would see a Podiatrist.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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