While experiencing pain on the top of your foot is not as common as other foot complaints, it can nonetheless be an extremely painful and debilitating experience. Sometimes the top of your foot will suffer an injury from dropping something heavy on it and other times the cause may be less obvious.

5 causes of pain on the top of the foot include the following:

  • FracturesThe foot contains many bones that are very delicate and subject to serious injury from impacts. Stress fractures can also occur on the top of the foot and can be caused by repetitive exercise and from a decrease in bone density from osteoarthritis.
  • Poorly fitting footwear—Shoes that are too tight cause substantial pressure that can contribute to swelling and tenderness to the tissues and structures on the top of the foot.
  • Systemic diseases—Arthritis and other systemic diseases can cause tenderness and fluid retention around the joints on the top of your foot. Peripheral nerve damage from diabetes and complications of tendonitis can also create problems on the top of the foot.
  • Hormonal variations—Menopause or pregnancy causes hormone fluctuations and women often notice a rise in pain on the top of the foot.
  • Your age—As you get older, your bones and muscles weaken which can contribute to pain on the top of the foot.

If you have pain on the top of your foot, see your podiatrist for the proper care. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal treats a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.