Why Do I Have Pain In The Top Of My Foot?

 Why Do I Have Pain In The Top Of My Foot?

Mai Delacruz

Mai Delacruz
Personal Fitness Trainer & Health Coach

Updated on 12/7/2022

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Felt Discomfort The In My Foot

Not only are bones and muscles found in our feet, but so are connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Because these areas bear the weight of our entire bodies for the entirety of each day, it should not come as much of a surprise that foot pain is relatively standard.

When this happens, we may experience pain at the top of our foot, which makes walking or even just standing still a rather unpleasant experience. Depending on what's causing it and how severe an injury might be, the pain's severity could range from moderate to excruciating.

What Exactly Is It That Makes The Top Of The Foot Hurt?

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Some different conditions can bring on pain on the top of the foot; however, the overuse injuries brought on by activities such as running, jumping, or kicking are the most common cause.

Among the conditions brought on by excessive use are:

Extensor Tendonitis

Extensor tendonitis is a condition that can be brought on by overuse or shoes that are too snug. Pain and inflammation occur in the tendons that run along the top of the foot, and these tendons are responsible for the condition known as plantar fasciitis.

Inflammation Of The Sinus Tarsi

Inflammation Of The Sinus Tarsi

Inflammation of the sinus tarsi, also known as the channel that can find between the heel and the bone of the ankle, is the primary symptom of the uncommon condition known as sinus tarsi syndrome. The top of the foot and the outside of the ankle both experience pain due to this condition.

Fractures 

Fractures in the metatarsal bones, located on the top of the foot, can be particularly painful. Stress fractures of the bones in the feet can also lead to discomfort. As a result of this injury, you will most likely experience swelling.

Other Things That Can Cause Pain On The Top Of The Foot Include The Following

Other Things That Can Cause Pain On The Top Of The Foot

Gout

Gout, which can result in sudden and severe pain in the joint that is located at the bottom of the big toe

Bone Spurs

A painful growth along your joints is a bone spur that can form in the joints in your feet by your toes, and these spurs can be pretty uncomfortable.

Peripheral Neuropathy

This condition, known as peripheral neuropathy, can cause a burning, tingling, or numbing sensation that travels up the legs from the feet.

The Joint Peroneal Nerve Dysfunction

The Joint Peroneal Nerve Dysfunction

The joint peroneal nerve dysfunction, a branch of the sciatic nerve, can result in tingling and pain at the top of the foot and weakness in the foot or lower leg. This condition is also known as "common peroneal nerve dysfunction."

How Is The Source Of The Pain Determined?

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If you cannot alleviate the pain in your foot with self-care measures for more than a week, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. You need to make an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible if the pain is severe enough to prevent you from walking or if you are experiencing burning pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected foot. You can make an appointment with your primary care physician, and they may suggest that you see a podiatrist.

When you visit your doctor for an appointment, they will inquire about any additional symptoms you've been experiencing and the possible causes of your foot injury. They might ask about your level of physical activity and whether you've ever suffered an injury to your feet or ankles in the past.

After that, your foot will be examined by your doctor. They might apply pressure to various areas of your foot to pinpoint the precise location of the discomfort. To determine your range of motion, they may also ask you to walk and perform specific exercises, such as rolling your foot.

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The doctor will ask you to flex your foot downwards as part of the diagnostic process for extensor tendonitis. After that, they will attempt to pull your toes up while you resist. If you are experiencing discomfort, you most likely have extensor tendonitis.

We will order An X-ray of the foot if your physician has any reason to suspect that you have a broken bone, a fracture, or bone spurs.

Other tests that your physician might perform include the following:

  • Tests of the blood can detect conditions such as gout.
  • A peroneal nerve MRI to check for any signs of nerve damage
  • How is the discomfort going to be relieved?
  • A seemingly minor injury to one of our feet, which bears the weight of our entire bodies, has the potential to worsen if it is not treated promptly. Seeking treatment as soon as possible if you suspect you have sustained an injury is essential.

I May recommend The following treatments, but others may be necessary, depending on the underlying cause of the condition:

The Use Of Physical Therapy

The Use Of Physical Therapy

The use of physical therapy, which can assist in treating conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, extensor tendonitis, and damage to the peroneal nerve, is recommended.

Casts or walking boots are common treatments for injuries such as broken bones and fractures.

Anti-Inflammatory Medication 

Anti-inflammatory medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other medicines, can be helpful in reducing inflammation, including the inflammation caused by gout.

Treatment At One's Home

Treatment At One's Home

In many instances, treatment at home can help alleviate foot pain. You need to get plenty of rest and try not to put any weight on the foot that is injured. You can apply ice to the affected area for twenty minutes at a time, but for no longer. Wear shoes that support and are well-fitting but not too tight when walking.

Outlook

Most conditions that can cause pain on the top of the foot are highly treatable, but it is essential to get them taken care of before the injury and pain get any worse. If you are experiencing pain in the top of your foot, it is recommended that you stay off your feet as much as possible for at least five days and apply ice to the affected area for no more than 20 minutes at a time. If you don't notice any improvement after five days of trying home treatments, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.