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Since there are many possible problems that can cause pain on the top of your foot, you should always see your foot doctor for any pain and discomfort that lasts for more than a few days.
Some common reasons for top of the foot pain include the following:
- Poorly fitting shoes—Shoes that are too tight increase the pressure and stress to the top of the foot causing swelling, painful redness and blistering. Shoes that are too loose can also cause rubbing, so always have new footwear properly fitted at least once a year.
- Diseases—Diabetes, arthritis, and gout can all cause swelling and tenderness around the bones, tendons, and other tissues on top of the foot. Numbness and tingling from peripheral nerve damage caused by diabetes are also often experienced at the top of the foot.
- Fractures—Many very small bones are located in the foot, especially on the top, and these can be easily injured by stubbing your big toe or by dropping something heavy on your foot. You can also experience hairline or stress fractures on the top of the foot that can be detected by a physical exam and confirmed with imaging tests.
- Hormone imbalance—Pain and swelling on the top of the foot are common during pregnancy or menopause and is often exacerbated by changing hormone levels.
If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, you need to consult with your board certified foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. We highly recommend that you consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The condition called metatarsalgia is a major source of pain in the ball of the foot. Since your foot ball is right behind your big toe on the bottom of your foot, it absorbs much of the stress and pressure from walking, standing, and exercising and is frequently the source of intense foot pain. The area where the three middle toes meet with the ball is often affected.
4 causes of pain in the ball of the foot include the following:
- Tight or loose-fitting shoes—Footwear with a narrow toe box such as high-heeled shoes push the toes together and constrict foot and toe movement. Shoes that are worn out and don’t provide the correct support and cushioning will also contribute to ball of the foot pain.
- Fractures— in the toe bones will cause pain in the ball of the foot.
- Neuroma—A neuroma is a growth of fibrous tissue that often occurs between the third and fourth toe bones, causing severe pain and discomfort.
- Hereditary influence—People who have hereditary conditions like high arches or a second toe that is longer than the big toe are more likely to experience pain in the ball of the foot.
Metatarsalgia, as well as the other problems that occur in the ball of the foot, can create radiating pain in your knees, hips, and back. Always have your feet evaluated and properly treated by a foot doctor well versed in all the possibilities to help avoid future complications. Consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The condition of tarsal tunnel syndrome that affects the foot has many similarities to the wrist condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. In both cases, nerve stress and damage from repetitive use can cause numbness, pain, tingling, and a burning sensation.
In the case of your feet, inflammation and constriction of the tissues around the posterior tibial nerve can cause these uncomfortable sensations to radiate to the bottom of the foot and to the inward facing side of the ankle.
The causes and risk factors of tarsal tunnel syndrome include:
- Injuries such as ankle sprains and strains that contribute to nerve compression
- Having flat feet causes the foot to roll outward, increasing nerve stress
- Systemic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and peripheral artery disease are risk factors
- A physical obstruction such as a varicose vein, ganglion cyst, or swollen tendon that is pressing on the nerve can cause the condition
Initial treatments for tarsal tunnel syndrome include:
- Resting and icing to lower inflammation and promote the healing response
- Ibuprofen or other NSAIDs to relieve pain and swelling
- Immobilization of the foot and ankle with a rigid boot to allow the nerves and tissues to heal
- Physical therapy to increase strength and flexibility
- Ultrasound treatments
- Custom made orthotic inserts combined with supportive and properly-fitted shoes
- Foot and ankle braces may be required to redistribute pressure
In severe cases that don’t respond to conservative methods, surgery may be needed to relieve pain and pressure.
Untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can evolve to cause permanent damage, so be sure to consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Having pain in your heel when you first put weight on your foot at the beginning of your day or after a long time sitting in one place is an indication that you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis.
This foot condition is characterized by an inflammation of the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia, as this tissue is called, helps to support your arch and provides the much needed cushioning and stress absorption your body needs. People who are on their feet all day for work and athletes who experience a lot of repetitive stress to their feet and ankles are more susceptible to this condition.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
- Back of the heel pain—A sharp, stabbing pain or something more dull and achy may be indicative of this condition.
- Inflammation in the arch—You may experience a burning sensation on the bottom of your foot that extends to the back of your heel.
- Foot stiffness—You may have problems bending your foot back and forth without pain and discomfort.
The best early treatments for plantar fasciitis include rest, icing, and stretching exercises. Medications such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help with any pain you have. Custom orthotic inserts may be suggested by your podiatrist to eliminate the pressure and redistribute weight to help support the heel.
Wearing properly fitted shoes, switching to low impact activities like cycling and swimming, and keeping your weight down will also contribute to healing. The benefits of physical therapy exercise to strengthen the muscles and increase flexibility in the tendons cannot be underestimated. Laser therapy can also help by increasing circulation, decreasing swelling, and speeding the healing response.
If you are experiencing the often unrelenting pain of plantar fasciitis, the help of your foot doctor is essential for the most efficacious treatment. Do not hesitate to consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The best course of action if you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, especially if you can’t tell the exact cause, is to have your foot doctor do a complete exam to get right to the core of the problem and begin the proper treatment.
3 common causes of pain on the top of the foot include:
- Breaks and stress fractures—The bones on the top of your foot are really quite delicate and susceptible to injury such as from dropping something heavy on your foot, causing a broken bone. Conversely, a stress or hairline fracture in one of the bones on the top of the foot can happen slowly over time, eventually causing considerable pain that may difficult to diagnose and pinpoint without the help of your foot doctor.
- Poorly fitting shoes—Tightly fitting shoes can increase the pressure on the top of the foot causing rubbing and blisters. Always choose shoes with a wide toe box to give your forefoot enough room to move. Shoes that are too loose should also be avoided since they can cause unnecessary friction.
- Systemic diseases—Like arthritis and gout can contribute to swelling and tenderness in the bones, ligaments, and other tissues on the top of the foot. Patients who have diabetes may feel discomfort on the top of the foot that is caused by peripheral nerve damage.
If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot that is accompanied with difficulty with weight bearing, or if you have a cut or wound that is causing the problem, you should have an immediate evaluation by your podiatrist. For any pain you are having in your feet and ankles, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!