Thankfully, it is easier to figure out what’s wrong when the pain you are experiencing emanates from the top of your foot, because it is easier to see or characterize.
The most common reason for sudden dorsal foot pain, this is usually caused by repetitive overloading of the foot and will usually cause sever pain, tenderness and swelling. Depending on its severity, a few days of resting your foot will do the trick. Applying ice and taking pain relievers are also recommended.
As the name suggests, this condition concerns the tendons, a fibrous connective tissue, on your foot. It gets inflamed or irritated for a number of reasons: tight/uncomfortable shoes, standing for long periods, running on uneven surfaces, or a sudden blow to the foot. This usually comes with some bruising, tenderness and inability to wear shoes. After icing the affected foot and taking the right medications, people with extensor tendonitis are recommended to use orthotics and do calf muscle stretching exercises.
Tibialis Anterior Tendonitis
A bit similar to the previous condition, this is a degenerative issue that affects the front of the ankle. The usual common causes and treatment options are the same as for extensor tendonitis.
If you are aware that you have high levels of uric acid and you suddenly felt intense pain on the top of your foot, especially around the big toe, and you can see swelling, redness and feel a warm sensation, then this is most probably the culprit. You will need to see a doctor for the right medicines and possibly steroids too.
Although more known for causing stinky feet, athlete’s foot can also sometimes cause foot pain. A severe case can lead to swelling and blisters. It is a fungal infection caused by poor foot hygiene and can be cured through anti-fungal medication or applying tea-tree oil.
Usually affecting children, tarsal coalition is a very painful problem that is believed to be congenital and would often require surgery, a cast and orthotics.
Adults who develop flat feet usually won’t really notice any changes or feel any pain. But there are occasions, especially when you’ve stood for a long period of time or ran a couple of miles, when it will make itself known by causing you extreme pain. There are many options to treat this problem but usually, proper footwear, a good pair of orthotics will do the trick.
Arthritis in the foot can be very annoying, especially when you put pressure (no matter how light it is like putting on shoes) on the affected foot. If you find that you have degenerative arthritis in the big toe joint, your doctor will be able to help you figure out how to lessen its symptoms.
Dorsal foot pain is not that common and usually tells you that there is something more serious going on. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor right away to properly diagnose the problem and prescribe the right treatment.