In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about foot pain located on top of the foot. Pain on top of the foot may seem like an unusual location, especially if no obvious injury has occurred. While many forms of foot pain come from joints and tendons, occasionally the source of foot pain can be a nerve that is irritated or from a health condition that leads to nerve damage. When nerves are irritated or damaged, there is typically a burning, shooting, or stabbing pain. The pain will often occur spontaneously, even when resting.

What foot problems cause pain on top of the foot? Well, there are a few causes, one for example, is Extensor Tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the tendons in your feet. The extensor tendons are found in your hands... which help you move your fingers, thumbs, and wrists. And… they are also found in your feet. The extensor tendons attach the muscles at the front of your leg to the toes and run across the top of the foot. The tendons branch out to the big toe and the other toes and function to pull the toes and feet upwards away from the ground. A significant feature about the extensor tendons on the feet is that they have very little padding to protect them from irritation and injury. The only thing that protects them is a thin layer of skin on the top of the foot. So, these tendons have an important job and they’re located in a very vulnerable location on the feet.

Are there other conditions that cause pain on the top of the foot? Yes, a condition called “nerve entrapment” may cause shooting, burning pain, or sensitivity on the top of the foot as well. This is often due to excess pressure on the nerve from a tight shoe. Nerve entrapment or nerve compression occurs when a nerve is squeezed or compacted. Accidents such as sprains, fractures, and broken bones can also cause nerve entrapment. In addition, certain medical conditions can trigger or make you more susceptible to nerve entrapment syndromes.

Listen to find out more about these interesting subjects. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.