While pain on the top of the foot may not be as common as other foot problems, there are a variety of factors that can contribute to debilitating pain and injury to the top of the foot and toes. Dropping your phone on your foot is one common occurrence that can even break a toe, so be careful.
5 causes of top of the foot pain include the following:
- Fracture—Small foot bones can be quite fragile, and they can suffer serious injury from impacts from stubbing or dropping something heavy on your foot. Stress fractures on the top of the foot can also be caused by a decrease in bone density due to osteoarthritis.
- Tight-fitting shoes—Shoes that are too tight and restrictive can cause pressure that contributes to swelling and tenderness on the top of the foot.
- Systemic diseases—Arthritis and other systemic diseases, like peripheral artery disease, may cause fluid build-up around the bones and joints on the top of your foot. Nerve damage from diabetes inflammation from tendonitis can also create pain and discomfort.
- Hormone imbalances—Pregnant or menopausal women often experience top of the foot pain caused by hormone changes.
- Just getting older—Your bones and muscles weaken as you get older contributing to pain on the top of the foot.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort on the top of your foot, contact your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems.
Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.