Pain on the top of the foot is less common than other types of foot pain, but if it is causing you to have trouble walking or merely standing, you will undoubtedly wish to determine what is causing the problem.
Some common reasons for top of the foot pain to develop include the following:
●Diseases of the feet—Arthritis and gout can contribute to swelling and tenderness in the joints and among the bones on the top of the foot. Tendonitis and peripheral neuropathy from damage to your nerves can also cause pain in this area.
●Improperly fitted shoes—Extra pressure created by tightly fitting shoes can cause swelling and tenderness to the skin and bones on the top of the foot.
●Fractures—Very delicate bones on the top of the foot are considerably susceptible to injury. Dropping a heavy weight on your foot can cause a lot of damage. Reduced bone density, weakened muscles, and structural abnormalities can also increase the risk of a stress fracture.
●Hormone deficiencies—Women may notice increased pain on the top of the foot during pregnancy or menopause as a result of shifts in hormone levels.
●Age—The aging process can cause muscles and bones to weaken, leading to pain on top of your foot.
Here are some severe symptoms to watch out for that may require quick medical attention:
●If you can’t walk on your foot, or are unable to put any weight on it.
●Severe pain and swelling that doesn’t improve in a few days.
●A foot wound or ulcer that looks infected.
●Tingling or burning sensation in the foot.
The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.