Your foot has a complex set of tendons, muscles, joints, and bones that enable it to work properly. It enables you to withstand any activities which include walking, standing, and other everyday movements. Many health conditions and injuries, however, can upset the foot’s movement and balance, causing problems and pain.
Pain on top of your foot may seem like an unusual location, particularly if no obvious injury took place there. However, this area can be affected by a variety of conditions and injuries beyond a bone fracture or bruise.
A pain in the top area of the foot is a symptom often associated with the following conditions:
Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
A bunion is a visible bump at the side of the big toe or at the base of the little toe.
Bursitis is a painful inflammation of a small fluid-filled sac called a bursa, which is located under the tendon.
Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your ankles and feet.
Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause a sensation of sudden burning, stiffness, and swelling in the affected joint (usually the big toe).
Great (Big) Toe Joint Disorder (Hallux Rigidus)
Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the joint.
Hammer, Claw and Mallet Toe
Hammer, claw and mallet toes are deformities marked by oddly bent toe joints that almost always occur in the four smaller toes.
Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh of the toe.
Lisfranc Injury. Lisfranc (midfoot) injuries result if the bones in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition where your immune system attacks your joint lining tissue, causing painful inflammation and stiffness.