Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt So Much?


Experiencing pain and discomfort on the top of your foot can be caused by a wide variety of conditions including bone fractures. Top of the foot pain can also radiate from other injuries, which is why you should see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. In addition to a physical exam, your foot doctor will most likely have to perform some tests including imaging studies to trace the precise cause of your foot pain. 

Some common causes of pain on the top of the foot include the following: 

  • Systemic disease—Diseases like arthritis and gout can cause swelling and stiffness in your joints contributing to pain and discomfort to the components on the top of your foot. Peripheral nerve damage that is one of the complications of diabetes can also cause numbness and pain on the top of your foot.

  • Breaks and stress fractures—Since the bones and other tissues that form the top of your foot are actually a bit fragile; you can cause a painful injury by dropping something on your foot. Even a relatively light object like a phone can cause considerable damage if it lands on edge. Stress fractures are another common cause of top of the foot pain. They are caused by repetitive pressure on the feet from exercise, sports, and work.

  • Footwear that is too tight—Improperly fitted shoes that are too tight will increase the stress and pressure on the top of your foot from rubbing. Wear shoes with a wide toe box to leave enough room for your toes to move and that don’t constrict the top of the foot. This will also help to prevent blisters from forming on top of your feet. 

If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, contact your foot care professional. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.