Pain On Top Of Foot

Pain On Top Of Foot: The majority of the most common problems can be treated at home. These include nerve irritation & dorsal compression syndrome.


Most Common Causes Of Pain On Top Of Foot:

1) Dorsal Compression Syndrome:

  • Dorsal compression syndrome occurs when there is too much stress on the ball of your foot.
  • This compresses the top of the foot.
  • It stretches out the bottom of the foot.
  • So if the top of your foot is numb or irritated & the bottom in pain, this is it!
  • This can also lead to lack of shock absorption in walking or running.
  • It will eventually lead to mid-foot arthritis.
Dorsal Compression Syndrome
Pain on top of the foot is frequently caused by dorsal compression syndrome. This results in a buckling of the foot that compresses the top and stretches the bottom.


2) Top Of Foot Numbness Or Tingling:

  • The top of foot tingling is usually due to a nerve irritation.
  • The medial dorsal cutaneous nerve is most frequently effected.
  • This nerve cover the bump on top of your foot and runs along the top of your big toe.
  • If a nerve is irritated and becomes numb, this is known as neuropraxia.
  • Neuropraxia can take up to a month to get better, so treat it properly!
Pain On Top Of Foot
Pain on top of the foot also usually results from compression of the nerves on top of the foot. This causes numbness, burning and tingling.


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.

  • As the bones of the midfoot rub against each other, the bone re-enforces itself.
  • This is similar to a callus forming in a high pressure area.
  • The same thing will happen to the bone on the top of your foot.
  • A top of the foot bone spur is very common.
  • It can lead to top of the foot numbness, burning and tingling.
  • This occurs due to nerve compression.
Pain On Top Of Foot
Pain on top of the foot can frequently be caused due to bone spurs forming at the top of the foot.



4)Metatarsal Stress Fracture:

  • If you are a runner or started heavy walking.
  • This does not happen instantly!
  • It can take days or weeks to gradually start hurting and causing pain.
  • Eventually this will get too excruciating to continue walking or running.
  • This can take 10-21 days to show up on X-ray.
Pain On Top Of Foot
A metatarsal stress fracture onsets very gradually. Usually a couple days or weeks until the pain becomes excruciating!


5)Sprained Top Of The Foot:

  • A sprain in the top of the foot or the arch is called a Lisfranc sprain.
  • In most cases it is usually only a sprain that lasts a couple days to a couple weeks.
  • But in some cases it may be essential to seek imaging & further treatment.
Sprained Top Of The Foot
This is usually the result of a sudden impact on the ball of your foot. You then have pain and swelling at the top of your foot.


6)Fluid Cyst:

  • Ganglionic cysts are soft masses across the top of the foot which are not immediately dangerous!
  • These are simply pockets of fluid that pouches out from the joints of your foot bones like a balloon.
  • Treatment consists of draining and removing the pocket of fluid.
  • But they should still be check out by a podiatrist because there is a chance that they may be something a little more dangerous.
top of foot ganglion cyst
A ganglion cyst can appear at the top of the foot. It is an outpocketing of joint fluid.


7) Extensor Tendonitis:

  • Just like a nerve can get irritated on top of the foot, so can tendons.
  • Extensor tendons are the ones responsible for lifting your foot toward your shin.
  • They can become irritated from being over worked.
  • This is very common in long distance runners and running hills.
  • The front of your leg and top of your foot will be sore.
Pain On Top Of Foot
Extensor tendonitis is very common in people who run. Especially if it is hill like terrain that requires picking up your foot.


Good Luck With Pain On Top Of Foot.