When talking about foot pain, most people refer to the bottom or sides of their feet. They experience symptoms such as a burning sensation, shooting pain, pain in the ball of the foot, and arch pain; or problems such as bunions, hammertoes, calluses or difficulty bearing weight. But what about when the top of your foot hurts? What does this mean? Pain on the top of the foot could signal a few different things.
If you are experiencing foot pain on the top of your foot just behind your toes, it may be a stress fracture of a metatarsal bone. Symptoms would include a sudden onset of pain, swelling, and it’s painful to the touch. Another common area on the forefoot where you may feel pain is the big toe joint. This may be caused by a bunion or degenerative arthritis.
A bunion is a bone deformity caused when the toe moves out of place. The enlargement of the big toe joint creates a bump that causes friction and pressure.
Degenerative arthritis comes with aging, losing cartilage, and general wear and tear on the joints. It is usually seen in people with flat feet or collapsing arches. If you think you have a stress fracture, bunion, or degenerative arthritis, you should consider visiting a podiatrist sooner rather than later.
Mid Foot Pain
If you have pain near the middle of the top of the foot and a bit to the outside, you may have extensor tendonitis, caused when the tendons that travel to the toes become inflamed. It’s often caused by an excessive tightness of the calf muscle. The tightened calf muscle places extra stress on the tendons on the top of your foot that pull the foot upward and against the tightness of the calf muscle. To help ease the pain, try taking oral anti-inflammatory medications, stretching the calf muscle, and wearing shoes that help take the stress off of the top of the foot.
Rear Foot Pain
Another area of pain on the top of your foot may be felt just below the ankle joint on the outside of the foot. It may be due to an area called the Sinus Tarsi where there are three small ligaments that can become inflamed, usually due to a flattening of the foot and pinching of the ligaments. It’s also possible there is actual jamming of two bones causing the pain. (Source: American Health Network)
Sometimes pain on the top of your foot could simply be relieved by changing your footwear. But, since the most likely causes are related to trauma or injuries you’ve experienced playing sports or exercising, and therefore probably aren’t going away any time soon, you should have the pain evaluated by a professional foot doctor. There are now some remarkable treatments for foot pain available. Some of these include minimally invasive surgery, stem cell therapy, and HyProCure®.
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