5 Causes of Pain on the Top of Your Foot


Having pain, swelling, and discomfort on the top of your foot are not as common as other foot ailments but that does not make them any less serious. As a matter of fact injuries, strains, and ankle sprains can exacerbate top of the foot pain causing difficulty with walking, exercising, and merely standing up so be sure to see your foot doctor help minimize the effects of pain on the top of your feet.

5 common causes of pain on the top of your foot include the following:

1)    FracturesThe foot consists of many small bones and some of the bones on the top of the foot are very delicate and easily broken or injured. Dropping something heavy on your foot can cause a toe or foot fracture. Hairline fractures on the top of the foot can be very painful and difficult to diagnose without the help of your podiatrist. These fractures are caused by repetitive stress, structural abnormalities, and a decrease in bone density that often goes with aging.

2)    Tightly fitting shoes—Tightly fitting footwear can cause a large amount of pressure and stress to the top of the foot causing pain, swelling, and blistering.

3)    Systemic disease—A variety of systemic diseases including arthritis, gout, diabetes, and peripheral artery disease (PAD) can increase stiffness and fluid retention in joints and bones on the top of the foot causing pain and debilitation.

4)    Hormone changes—Complications from pregnancy can create hormone imbalances that increase pain on the top of the foot.

5)    Age—Your bones and muscles weaken as you age and top of the foot pain may be more likely to occur in the elderly.

If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.