Pain on the top of the foot can be caused by a variety of conditions. Always have your foot doctor perform a physical exam and any necessary imaging tests to identify the precise cause.

3 common causes of pain on the top of the foot include:

  • FracturesThe bones and other structures and tissues that form the top of your foot are very susceptible to injury. This could result from dropping something heavy on your foot, causing a broken bone. Hairline fractures can be caused by excessive stress and pressure and may not be easy to identify as the cause of foot pain without the help of your podiatrist.

  • Tight fitting shoes—Shoes that don’t fit properly can increase the pressure on the top of the foot, causing blisters and exacerbating foot deformities like hammertoes and bunions. Choose shoes that are supportive and that have a wide toe box to give your toes room to move around. 

  • Diseases—Systemic problems like arthritis and gout can cause swelling and stiffness in joints, bones, and other tissues on the top of the foot. Peripheral nerve damage from diabetes can also cause numbness and pain on the top of the foot.

  • If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, contact your foot doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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