Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt?

Pain on the top of the foot is less common than other types of foot pain, but if you are having trouble walking or standing, you will definitely want to investigate the cause.

Here are 5 possible reasons for top of the foot pain:

  1. Tight fitting shoes—The extra pressure created by tight fitting shoes can cause inflammation and tenderness to the tissue on the top of the foot.
  2. Hairline fractures—There are some very delicate bones on the top of the foot that can be susceptible to injury. Dropping a heavy object on your foot can cause considerable trauma. Reduced bone density, weakened muscles, and structural abnormalities can contribute to the risk of stress fractures.
  3. Foot diseases—Arthritis and gout can contribute to swelling and tenderness in the joints between the bones on the top of the foot. Tendonitis and diabetic nerve damage can also contribute to pain in this area.
  4. Hormone imbalances—Women may notice increased pain on the top of the foot during pregnancy or menopause do to natural shifts in hormone levels.
  5. Age—The natural aging process causes bones and muscles to weaken, possibly leading to pain on top of your foot.

More severe symptoms that may require immediate medical attention include the following:

  • If you can’t walk, or are unable to put weight on your foot.
  • If you have severe pain and swelling that doesn’t start to get better after a few days.
  • A wound or ulcer that isn’t healing.
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the foot.
  • Any signs of infection.

If you are currently experiencing pain on the top of your foot, the podiatrists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA would be happy to help you, and are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with the latest diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

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