Top of foot pain

Pain on top of foot can be due to fractures or hematomas if direct impact as occurred. Ligamentous, tendon and muscular injuries can all cause foot pain on top.

Sharp pain on top can also be due to issues further up in the kinetic chain. Injuries and conditions that cause pain on the top of the foot are listed below:
  • Midtarsal Joint Sprain

    Midtarsal Joint Sprain

    A mid tarsal joint sprain is an injury to the ligaments holding the mid tarsal joint together causing pain in the outside middle of the foot.

  • Extensor Tendonitis

    Extensor Tendonitis

    Extensor tendinitis is inflammation of the extensor tendons which run along the top of the foot and straighten the toes. Pain is felt along the top of the foot.

  • Mortons Neuroma

    Mortons Neuroma

    Morton's neuroma or Morton' s syndrome is a condition resulting in pain between the third and forth toes cause by compression of a nerve.

  • Lisfrancs Injury

    Lisfrancs Injury

    Lisfranc's injury is a dislocation or fracture in the midfoot area. It is vital this injury is not missed as long term damage can result.

  • Midfoot Pain

    Midfoot pain is concerned with the middle of the foot where the small tarsal bones are located. The most common cause of midfoot pain other than following a sprained ankle is a mid tarsal joint sprain. A stress fracture of the navicular bone is also common and should not be missed. Pain in the midfoot area for more than five days following injury then a Lisfranc joint sprain should be considered.

  • Forefoot Pain

    Forefoot pain often originates from the long metatarsal bones in the foot, down towards the toes as well as pain under the ball of the foot. The more common gradual onset injuries include metatarsal stress fractures, bunions, and Morton's neuroma. Sudden onset or acute injuries result from direct trauma or impact and include fractures and ligament sprains.