• pfsummers pfsummers
    June 23, 2008
    What causes pain on top of foot?
    pfsummers pfsummers
    June 23, 2008

    I have terrible pain on top of my foot that goes from my ankle down through my toes.  It started a few years ago and has only gotten worse. I had a shoe insert, but it was hard plastic and it only made my pain worse.




  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    June 23, 2008
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    June 23, 2008

    The foot is a rather complicated area but to keep things simple doctors break it down into three parts: the forefoot (toe area), the midfoot (the middle) and the hindfoot (the ankle area). The top of the foot is called the dorsal side.

    Dorsal midfoot pain is usually from a ligament injury called a midfoot sprain. But, a stress fracture of the navicular bone is also a possibility. So, persistant pain that is not improving requires a bone scan.

    The best shoe to relieve stress in the foot is one that has a "rocker bottom" sole which is curved. It works like a rocking chair and minimizes stress on the foot joints. Shoes can make a world of difference for pain in many places.

    Here are some links that might be helpful to you as you're dealing with these issues:

    Let's Talk Pain Meds

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain


    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD


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