Pain in the top of my foot

Over the course of this article, we are going to look at the possible causes of pain on the top of the foot and also the symptoms that you can look out for. The foot is a very complex thing and so if you feel your symptoms vary from the list below, get your foot checked by your GP who is likely to recommend you to a foot specialist, like us.

Each of your feet is made up of 26 bones and 33 joints. These are bound together by over 100 muscles, nerves and ligaments, this is why you need a highly trained specialist to take a look at your foot for the correct diagnoses. There is a lot going on down there and as we spend, on average, 5 hours a day on our feet, it is vital to diagnose problems quickly.

The symptoms to look out for

You may simply experience a pain on top of your foot, it’s quite common that this is the only symptom you may have. However, you may also experience some of the following as well. The symptoms below can be present but it does depend on the cause, which you can find out about below.

The symptoms to look out for include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth at the site
  • Tenderness of your foot
  • Pain that may get worse as you walk or stand, this may decrease during periods of rest
  • Difficulty walking and standing altogether

The causes of pain in the top of your foot

There are many reasons why you could be experiencing pain in the top of your foot. The reason for your pain might not be listed below as this is a list containing all of the most common causes. Whether you think your cause is listed or not, make an appointment with your GP or head straight to your local foot specialist.

The most common causes of pain on the top of your foot include:

  • Medication
  • Ageing
  • Bone spurs
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Tendonitis
  • Improper footwear
  • Strain or sprain
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Stress fractures
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Ganglion cyst

When to make an appointment with your doctor

If you are already experiencing pain in the top of your foot then we recommend making an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. Pain in the top of your foot is not normal and so this may well mean that you have a serious condition.

Going to the doctors as quickly as you can will mean they can catch the injury or condition as quickly as they can and then hopefully treat it without any long-term damage being caused. They are likely to recommend you to a foot specialist, like us, as the foot is a very complex area and it needs a highly skilled eye to treat and diagnose it.

We hope that this article has helped you understand what could be causing the pain on the top of your foot and what symptoms to look out for. Please explore the other articles on our website to find out more about some of the common causes of foot pain mentioned in this article.