T is for Top of Foot Pain

November 7, 2012

Top of Foot Pain‘ is something that those who transition to barefoot or minimalist running too quickly often develop.

Pain on the top of the foot can be caused by various factors, including:

  1. Extensor Tendonitis: Inflammation or irritation of the tendons that run along the top of the foot can lead to pain. This can result from overuse, excessive pressure, or repetitive activities that strain the tendons.
  2. Stress Fracture: A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or overuse. Stress fractures can occur in the bones on the top of the foot, such as the metatarsal bones, leading to localized pain.
  3. Foot Sprain: A sprain occurs when ligaments are stretched or torn. An injury to the ligaments on the top of the foot, such as the Lisfranc ligament, can cause pain and swelling.
  4. Arthritis: Various forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, can affect the joints on the top of the foot, leading to pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
  5. Tarsal Coalition: As mentioned earlier, tarsal coalition refers to the abnormal fusion of bones in the foot. Depending on the specific bones involved, this condition can cause pain and discomfort on the top of the foot.
  6. Nerve Compression: Compression or irritation of the nerves that run along the top of the foot, such as the deep peroneal nerve or the superficial peroneal nerve, can lead to pain, numbness, or tingling sensations.
  7. Footwear Issues: Wearing ill-fitting shoes or footwear that places excessive pressure or friction on the top of the foot can cause pain and discomfort.
  8. Trauma or Injury: Direct trauma, such as a fall or impact to the top of the foot, can result in pain, bruising, and swelling.
  9. Dorsal Ganglion Cyst: A ganglion cyst can develop on the top of the foot, causing a visible lump and discomfort.


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