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What’s causing the pain on top of my foot?

Pain on Top of Foot

Your feet quite literally carry you everywhere. You use them to walk. They’re essential for running. They’re the first to feel the impact of jumping or going up stairs. However, the sad truth is that many people don’t think much about their feet until they begin to hurt. 

It’s estimated that foot pain occurs in up to 37% of adults who are 45 years old and older. Physical therapists can help treat pain on the top of the foot as well as pain in other parts of the foot. However, the treatment they offer is much more effective if they can find a cause for your pain first. 

Three issues that commonly cause pain on the top of the foot

There are many issues that can cause pain in the feet. Plantar fasciitis can lead to pain in the bottom of the foot, and Achilles tendinitis can cause pain in the heel and ankle. However, pain on the top of the foot isn’t likely to be caused by such issues. Instead, one of these three issues is more likely the cause of top of foot pain: 

  1. Extensor tendinitis — Extensor tendons are found in both the hands and feet. In the feet, their job is to straighten your toes, and they also help curl your toes upward. These tendons are often irritated and inflamed by people who wear shoes that are too tight. Also, activities like running uphill can also inflame these tendons and lead to foot pain. 
  1. Stress fractures — People who do lots of running and jumping are also at risk of developing stress fractures in their feet. In turn, these fractures can cause pain in the affected foot. One study on stress fractures in athletes reports that more than 25% of all such injuries occur in the tarsal bones of the feet. In addition, the same study reveals that metatarsal stress fractures made up almost 9% of athletic stress fractures in its participants. 
  1. Peripheral neuropathy — Pain in multiple parts of the foot can be caused by peripheral neuropathy. This condition occurs any time nerves outside of the brain or spinal cord are injured or damaged. Common symptoms of this issue are pain, weakness in the affected area and periods of numbness. It’s estimated that 30 million people in the U.S. have some form of peripheral neuropathy. 

Border Therapy Services can treat pain on the top of your foot

You don’t have to continue living with pain on the top of your foot. Our team at Border Therapy Services is ready and willing to help you treat this issue. We offer complimentary screenings that can help pinpoint the cause of your foot pain. With this information, our team can then build you a personalized treatment plan designed to reduce your pain. 

Contact us today for more information about how we can treat foot pain or to schedule a complimentary screening.