Dorsal Foot Pain

Dorsal Foot Pain: There are 3 major causes of dorsal foot pain – dorsal compression syndrome, neuritis and a dorsal exostosis.


Most Common Causes Of Dorsal Foot Pain:


1) Dorsal Compression Syndrome:


  • Dorsal compression syndrome occurs when there is too much stress on the ball of your foot.
  • This is like sitting on a bench.
  • It compresses at the top.
  • This compression appears as dorsal bone pain & inflammation.
  • It stretches at the bottom.
  • This stretching and tension appears as plantar fasciitis.
  • Dorsal compression syndrome is usually due to a hypermobile foot.
  • This could be due to flat foot or tight plantar fascia & calf muscles.


Dorsal Foot Pain
Dorsal Foot Pain is usually due to the dorsal compression taking place in this illustration.



2) Top Of Foot Numbness Or Tingling:


  • The top of foot tingling is usually due to a nerve irritation.
  • This presents as numbness, burning, tingling and a sharp pain.
  • This is not a deep aching or throbbing type pain.
  • Nerve pain can take many days or weeks to heal.
  • The longer the nerve stays compressed or irritated, the longer it will take!
  • So make sure nothing is irritating or impinging the dorsal foot.


Dorsal Foot Pain
The nerves on the dorsum of the foot can easily be compressed and irritated. This is mostly due to shoes or a dorsal exostosis.


3)Top Of The Foot Bone Spur:


  • A bone spur on top of the foot forms due to abnormal friction and stress on the bone.
  • This is like forming a callus on your fingers.
  • If there is overuse, your bone will re-inforce itself and make it stronger.
  • This is a result of dorsal compression syndrome.
  • The midfoot bones jam dorsally.
  • After years this leads to bone spur formation.
  • This is called a metatarsal exostosis.
Dorsal Foot Pain
A bone spur forms most frequently at the 1st metatarsal cuneiform joint. This can further cause nerve compression.



4) Extensor Tendonitis:


  • The extensor tendons are responsbile for bending your toes up.
  • They also help lift your toes off the ground during pushoff.
  • These can become sore after a large amount of running.
  • Treatment involves rest, ice, compression & elevation.



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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.