The Top of My Foot Hurts, Why?

You’ve been going about your afternoon as normal and when you finally decided to wind down for the day.  You take your shoes off, put your feet up and then you stretch your feet and- ouch! The top of your foot feels sore and tight. Why? This could be a sign of Extensor Tendinitis!

The foot has several tendons that run from the toes, up to the ankle and beyond. These tendons allow for the foot to flex up and down.  Sometimes, the pressure of shoe laces on top of the foot or poor arch support can put stress on these tendons.  When one or more of the tendons in our foot becomes overused or stressed, they become inflamed, thus causing Extensor Tendinitis.

If you think you may be experiencing Extensor Tendinitis rest your feet. Take off your shoes and socks and put your feet up. Allowing your foot to rest can assist in recovery.  You may even want to apply an icepack wrapped in a dish towel, to the top of your foot for 10 minutes to help reduce any swelling.  If your foot is uncomfortable, you may also want to take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen (please consult with your doctor first).

After your pain has resided, you may need to perform foot stretches to help prevent future occurrences.  Toe raise exercises are a perfect example of stretches one may need to perform.

While Extensor Tendinitis is the most common form of ‘top of the foot pain’, there may be other conditions that mimic the same symptoms: metatarsal stress fracture, atypical gout and degenerative arthritis.  If you are finding that rest and icing are not helping with your foot pain, seek medical attention from your podiatrist.

If you are in need of medical attention for your foot, call our office to schedule an appointment at (707) 578-1222. Let us help you put your best foot forward!

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