Dr. Kevin D. Smith, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

"When your feet hurt, you hurt all over"

Although your feet are the part of your body most prone to pain and injury, they are often neglected and ignored. Foot pain is not normal! You deserve to walk pain-free and Dr. Smith can help.

Gentle, Effective Diagnosis and Treatment

Why does the top of my foot hurt when I walk?


Some pain triggers are obvious. If you drop a skillet on your foot, there is a good chance this incident will cause your foot pain. But most foot pain is not skillet-related and often may seem to come out of nowhere. So, what causes pain on the top of the foot?

As Healthline reports, extensor tendonitis is one of the leading causes of pain on top of the foot. Most people tend to think of tendinitis around the joints, but it can occur anywhere on the foot. If you are a runner, there is a good chance this is caused by over-used or overly tight running shoes. Remember, running shoes should be replaced well before they look worn out. If they still look good but you have put a lot of miles on your shoes, maybe keep them as casual shoes to wear to the store. Then find another pair of new shoes for serious exercise.

Other causes could be gout, peripheral neuropathy, or even bone spurs. These conditions would need to be professionally treated. The important thing to do is to listen to your body. If you have foot pain for a few days and it gradually lessens and disappears, then you more than likely had a minor strain. If it is a recurring issue or the pain gets worse, please make an appointment to come in and see us.

Likewise, if you have severe swelling like this photo of a foot with gout, please make an appointment. As the Mayo Clinic says, “Gout that goes untreated can lead to worsening pain and joint damage.” Foot pain is never fun, and we want you to be healthy and pain-free as soon as possible.

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