Top of the Foot Pain

Pain in the top of your foot is, well, a pain. You can’t wear shoes comfortably, and it might hurt each time you take a step. There are several conditions that can cause top of the foot pain, so it’s important to call our office for an evaluation to make sure you get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Possible Causes of Top of Foot Pain 

  • Foot neuroma – This is a painful inflammation or thickening of the tissue around the nerves that lead out into your toes.
  • Dorsal exostosis – If you have a bony bump on the top of your foot that hurts, it’s likely a dorsal exostosis. It’s similar to a bunion, but doesn’t make your toe point in a strange direction.
  • Dorsal compression syndrome – Some top-of-foot pain is a result of the foot flattening out, which places abnormal pressure on the foot.
  • Stress fracture – With 26 bones in the feet, stress fractures are not uncommon. We see a lot of metatarsal stress fractures, particularly among runners and athletes.
  • Arthritis – There are several places in the foot where arthritis might attack.

We’ll examine your feet, discuss your symptoms and history, possibly take an X-ray, and get you on the path to recovery.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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Katy Perkins


My left foot had been hurting for a while. The staff and doctors here are all quite knowledgeable and professional, as well as friendly and personable. My diagnosis was promptly made, x-ray completed right there in the office, and I left with the two braces that I needed. No waiting for the mail, trip to brace shop, nada. Most excellent clinic!

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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.