Top of Foot Pain: Causes, Signs, and Treatment Options

If you are experiencing pain on top of foot, you’re probably curious why you’re experiencing the pain, as well as your options for treatment.  Experiencing pain on the top of your foot is not normal and should be treated as a problem from the very start.

Below you’ll learn more about top of foot pain, its causes, cures, and what to do if you are one of the thousands of men or women experiencing this issues each day.

What is Top of Foot Pain?

Pain on the top of the foot affects each person differently, with mild, moderate, and severe levels of pain possible, dependent upon the person and the exact cause of the pain.

The pain in the foot can cause difficulty with simple tasks such as walking and running, and make other priorities and obstacles you need to take care of nearly impossible to achieve.

Pain on top of the feet may also indicate a more serious health condition.

Men and women alike can experience foot pain, although it seems the problem is much more likely to affect men than women.

Perhaps this is in relation to the type of work that a person

Signs of Foot Problems on Top of Feet

Obviously, pain is the most common sign of a problem with one or both of your feet, however, additional signs indicate that something might be wrong with your foot.

Keep these additional signs of a foot problem in mind, and make the appointment with a podiatrist if you have cause for concern.

Additional signs of a foot problem include:

  • Warmth on the side of foot
  • Foot tenderness
  • Swelling of the foot
  • Redness
  • Pain when walking or standing
  • Pain that decreases when you sit

Most of the signs above are accompanied by pain in the foot, however, this isn’t always the case.

It is important that you pay careful attention to your feet.

You know your feet better than anyone else, as well as when something doesn’t feel quite right.

Listen to those inner-feelings and find out what is causing these foot abnormalities.

Primary Causes of Foot Pain

Standing on your feet for extended periods of time is a common cause of foot pain in adults, but there are many other causes as well.

Some of the most common problems that may cause you to experience pain in the foot includes:

  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Medications
  • Stress fractures
  • Entrapped Nerves
  • Tendonitis
  • Wearing the wrong shoes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Strains/sprains
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis
  • Diseases of the foot (diabetes, gout, etc.)

Because so many different things can cause pain on the foot, visiting the podiatrist is recommended if the pain persists despite making minimal changes, when it interferes with your daily activities, or if the pain doesn’t ease with the use of OTC medication.

Pain on the foot is abnormal, usually an indication of an underlying problem.

The sooner you visit a specialist, the sooner you’ll find the foot pain relief that you seek.

Treating Foot Pain

Once you visit a podiatrist, you are on the road to recovery.

The specialist will ask several questions to help better identify possible causes of the foot pain, followed by X-Rays and additional testing as needed.

Treatment options for foot pain vary according to the cause and severity of the pain you are experiencing.

Among the options available for treatment:

  • Limiting the activities that you perform/ Lifestyle changes
  • Special orthotics or shoe inserts for people who must stand on their feet or walk for prolonged periods of time
  • OTC and prescription medications to ease pain, inflammation, and other symptoms
  • Medications to treat the underlying problem causing the pain
  • Braces or foot sleeve kit
  • Surgery (Surgery is a treatment option used only in severe cases where other treatment options fail or are insufficient to provide results)

Final Thoughts

If you experience pain on top of foot, find out why before it is too late. Visiting a podiatrist now can save trouble later. Isn’t it best to treat the problem rather than try to hide the fact that it exists?