Pain Across the Top of the Foot

Pain Across the Top of the Foot

The most common causes of pain across the top of the foot is a prominent metatarsal exostosis. This can lead to arthritis & nerve pain over the years.

 

 

The most likely causes of pain across the top of the foot:

 

1)Metatarsal Exostosis: A hard bump:

This is a fancy name for a bone growth on top of your foot.

  • The two bones at the joint can develop extra bone growth which feels like a big lump on the top of your foot.
  • It is usually associated with bone spurs or arthritis in your mid-foot.
  • It is also common in high arched feet.
  • This problem unfortunately is part of the bone, so it will either need surgery or accommodation.
  • If it is really irritating you, this can cause medial dorsal cutaneous nerve irritation on top of your foot.
  • This can cause numbness, burning or tingling in the foot or the big toe.
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This is called a boney exostosis.

 

2) Medial Dorsal Cutaneous Nerve Irritation:

Pain Across the Top of the Foot
It is possible to compress the nerves on top of your foot, this can lead to weeks of numbness, burning or tingling.
  • This can cause numbness, burning & tingling at the top of your foot & big toe.
  • This is due to the compression of the nerve on top of your midfoot & big toe.
  • This nerve compression is reversible, but it can take days, weeks or months.
  • This type of nerve irritation is known as neuropraxia.

 

 

3) Sprained Top Of Foot:

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A sprain in the midfoot can cause bruising, swelling & soreness. Treatment starts initially with controlling inflammation.
  • 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.

 

4) Arch Pain & Mid-Foot Pain:

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Pain in the arch & midfoot is one of the most common foot problems! 15% of people around the world suffer from this problem.
  • Arch pain is one of the most common sources of foot pain in the world.
  • 15% of all people get it in there lives.
  • This pain is usually worse in the morning & gets better after moving around for a little while.
  • If you have pain after rest & in the morning, consider this!

 

 

5) Ganglionic cyst – A soft bump:

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A ganglion cyst is a fluid pocket that can leak out from the joints. It can feel hard or soft, but it is not a dangerous tumor!
  • 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.

 

6) Foot Arthritis:

Pain Across the Top of the Foot
Arthritis develops over the years due to abnormal joint wear & tear.
  • This is very common if you have had a previous injury in the midfoot.
  • It is also very common if you are older.
  • This is due to years & decades of abnormal rubbing between the foot joints.