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Pain at base of 5th metatarsal on L foot

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Deb Riley, Sep 5, 2022.

  1. Deb Riley

    Deb Riley New Member

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    For a while I've had slight discomfort at the base of the 5th metatarsal on my left foot. Basically the big bone just past your little toe going toward your heel. It's never anything I really paid attention to. Just kind of there. Today I noticed that it has become painful to walk on. I noticed a little bit of discomfort when I press on it with my fingers, but mostly when I walk. Is it possible to have a bunion on this side as opposed to on the side of the big toe? Anybody have any clue what this might be?
  2. poddoc

    poddoc Guest

    A couple of things happen at the base of the fifth metatarsal, also known as the styloid process. In some feet there can be high ground load there. Look at the inside of your shoe for wear. The peroneus brevis muscle inserts there and some feet use this muscle more than others and this can lead to a tendonitis. Over supinator feet are the ones that tend to use the peroneus brevis tendon more. Active use of the peroneus brevis muscle will tend to make tendonitis hurt more.

    A bunion is usually referred to as the bump behind the big toe.

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