Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt?


Experiencing pain and discomfort on the top of your foot may not be as common as ailments in other parts of the foot, but that doesn’t make them any less debilitating. In fact, a number of factors and conditions can cause or contribute to top of the foot pain and make standing, walking, and exercising difficult or impossible until proper treatment is provided by your foot care specialist.

Some of the reasons for experiencing pain on the top of your foot include the following:

●     Breaks and stress fracturesMany of the bones in the foot are very delicate and easily injured. Just dropping something a little heavy on your toes can cause a fracture. Hairline or stress fractures on the top of the foot can be very painful and difficult to diagnose. They can be caused by repetitive stress, structural abnormalities, and decreased bone density.

●     Tight shoes—Tightly-fitting shoes can cause a great deal of stress to the top of the foot through rubbing, swelling, and blistering.

●     Diseases—Some diseases including arthritic conditions, gout, diabetes, and peripheral artery disease can contribute to stiffness and fluid retention in joints and bones on the top of the foot causing pain and discomfort.

●     Hormone imbalances—Pregnancy or menopause creates hormone changes that may increase pain on the top of the foot.

●     Age-related changes—As you get older, your bones and muscles weaken and top of the foot pain may be more likely.

If you can’t put any weight on your foot, or if you have pain that lasts for more than a day or two, it is time to see your podiatrist. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.