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Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt?

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 00:00

Pain in the top of the foot could have many potential causes. If the pain is accompanied by swelling, bruising, and began after a period of intense or repetitive exercise, it may be due to a stress fracture or sprained metatarsal. Chronic pain, swelling, and stiffness, along with a crackling sensation when you move the foot or a lump along the tendon may be a sign of tendonitis or osteoarthritis. Pain that is sudden and severe, starts near the bottom of the big toe, and is accompanied by redness, swelling, and warmth could be a sign of gout. If you are suffering from pain in the top of the foot, it is strongly suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.  

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lancaster, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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