Causes of Top of the Foot Pain

Pain on the top of your feet can be uncomfortable and debilitating, affecting your daily activities and quality of life. This type of foot pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress fractures, ganglion cysts, osteoarthritis, tarsal fusion, and trauma. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones that are often the result of overuse, especially when there is a sudden increase in physical activity. A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled capsule near joints or tendons that can cause pain when it presses against nerves. Osteoarthritis can cause an arch collapse that leads to top-of-foot pain, particularly if linked to toe joints. Tarsal coalition is a fusion of foot bones in young individuals, resulting in stiffness, flat feet, and pain on top of the foot. Tendonitis is the Inflammation of tendons, often affecting the tibialis anterior tendon, which can cause localized pain on the top of the foot that is worsened by activity. Trauma includes any foot injury, such as fractures, sprains, or impact, that can lead to top-of-foot pain. If you are experiencing persistent pain on the top of your foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist who can provide a thorough evaluation and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your specific condition.

Foot pain is a common problem treated by chiropodists. If you have foot pain, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When you are experiencing foot pain, it’s important to note the type of pain and its location, as this can help determine a diagnosis. 

Pain in the top of the foot may be caused by:

  • Stress fractures

  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

  • Extensor tendonitis

  • Tibialis anterior tendonitis

  • Gout

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Ganglion cysts

Pain in the bottom of the foot may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Foot cramps

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

  • Plantar fibromatosis

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Flat feet

Pain on the side of the foot may be caused by:

  • Ankle sprain

  • Cuboid syndrome

  • Peroneal tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Bunions

  • Corns or calluses

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

Heel pain may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Bone spurs

  • Heel fractures

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

  • Sever’s disease 

Pain in the toes may be caused by:

  • Gout

  • Hammertoe

  • Turf toe 

  • Bunions

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Blisters 

  • Arthritis

These and many more conditions can be treated by a chiropodist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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