This is a normally-occurring bony prominence near the middle of the foot on the outside (fifth toe) side of the foot. A powerful tendon attaches here and it is a common place to break the bone.

What Are the Symptoms of Styloid Process?

Under normal conditions there are no symptoms, however, when this bone is enlarged, redness, swelling and pain may occur. If there is pain at this area it is most likely tendonitis or a break of the bone.

How is Styloid Process Treated?

Based on a simple X-Ray, your foot doctor can determine if this is a break of the bone or tendonitis. Broken bones in the foot are treated like any other broken bone. Rest, ice, elevation and a cast shoe to take pressure off of the broken bone. Tendonitis is treated with anti-inflammatory medication, shoe modification and sometimes orthotics.