Top of foot pain... One of the most uncomfortable conditions encountered can be pain in the top of your foot which, although not uncommon, it is often very easily treated with excellent results following the correct diagnosis and advice.
One of the most common causes of pain in the top of the foot is inflamed extensor tendons on top of the foot secondary to irritation from shoes or laces which have been tied too firmly.
An easy way to relieve this type of pain in the top of the foot is to loosen the laces. If this fails to help then you may need to lace the shoe up just slightly differently in an effort to alleviate some of the pressure on the tendons or bones on top of the foot.
There are various different lacing techniques which should be used for different foot types. For example if you have a high instep, the top of the foot will be prone to irritation and pressure from the top of shoes and laces. In this situation you would use specific lacing for a high instep.
Do not wear shoes that are excessively tight across the top of the foot. For further information on choosing footwear visit footwear tips for "top of foot pain" On the other hand, if you have a wide forefoot perhaps with the start of bunions, then you would need a lacing technique designed specifically for a wider forefoot. This would help to prevent pain and irritation of this part of the foot.
Another common cause of pain in the top of the foot is navicular subluxation. This is easily relieved through joint mobilisation or manipulation by a Podiatrist trained in foot mobilisation.
Other causes of pain in the top of the foot include various forms of arthritis, nerve or blood vessel damage and inflammation of soft tissue structures. Boney damage should also be ruled out via specific x-rays and scans.
Here is a simple lacing technique to help prevent excessive pressure on the top of the foot...
If you would like more information on lacing techniques or ways in which you can relieve your "top of foot pain" then visit our Foot Problems page and ask us a question about your specific problem. We'll do our best to help.
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.
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