Five Ways to Ease Pain on Top of the Foot

Five Ways to Ease Pain on Top of the Foot

Whether you’re an athlete, a weekend warrior, or recreational sport junkie, experiencing pain on top of your foot isn’t just annoying—it can also prevent you from participating in activities you love. Whether your foot pain is sharp, dull or intermittent, it could be an indication of a fracture, tendinitis or another foot disorder.

No matter what the prognosis, conservative methods of treatment are usually able to ease the pain and have you back to doing what you enjoy most.

At OrthoAspen, our subspecialty-trained orthopedic experts are well versed at addressing and caring for foot injuries. In addition to having the expertise and resources to treat a variety of conditions, our doctors are recreational enthusiasts, too. We know how important it is for our patients to return to physical activities as quickly and safely as possible!

What’s Causing the Pain on Top of Your Foot?

Pain on top of the foot can manifest in several ways:

  • Sharp pain on top of the foot when walking
  • Burning pain on top of the foot
  • Intermittent, sharp pain on top of the foot

What do these symptoms mean? Below is a list of related foot conditions and disorders:

  • pain on top of the footLisfranc Midfoot Injury
    This type of injury occurs when the midfoot ligaments are broken or stretched.
  • Avulsion Fracture
    An avulsion fracture often occurs in tandem with an ankle sprain. It may pull the tendon or ligaments of the fifth metatarsal out of place.
  • Jones Fracture
    When stress and strain impact around the outside and middle of the foot, a small hairline or “Jones” fracture can occur.
  • Midshaft Fracture
    This type of fracture also occurs near the middle of the fifth metatarsal as a result of abnormal twisting or a traumatic injury.
  • Tendinitis
    When the tendons on top of the foot are overextended, such as from wearing non-supportive shoes, pain and inflammation may result.
  • Arthritis
    Arthritis causes aching and inflammation of the joints, and the 30 joints within the foot are especially susceptible.
  • Ganglion Cyst
    A cyst can form from the accumulation of fluid beneath the skin. The bigger the cyst, the more likely it will affect the nerves in the surrounding area. When the cyst and the nerves are irritated, pain on top of the foot occurs.

Sometimes health conditions such as diabetes and gout can produce symptoms of pain on top of the foot.

Five Ways Your OrthoAspen Physician Can Help Ease Your Foot Pain

At OrthoAspen, we are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle disorders. Whenever possible, your OrthoAspen doctor will offer conservative treatment methods to address pain. For many of the conditions mentioned above, your doctor may suggest the five following non-surgical treatments to ease painful symptoms:

  1. Rest
    Fractures, tendinitis and arthritis pain symptoms can be assuaged by taking some time to rest the foot. This will allow the injured area to heal properly. Avoiding strenuous activity and rigorous exercise can also prevent further injury and pain from occurring. Depending on diagnostic and exam results, your physician may also suggest wearing a splint or boot to protect and stabilize the foot.
  2. Non-Steroidal, Anti-Inflammatory Medications
    Medications like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling, temporarily relieving pain on top of the foot.
  3. Steroid Injections
    Steroid injections in the affected area of the foot can reduce discomfort and inflammation. Your doctor will let you know if your foot could benefit from this option.
  4. Ice and Elevation
    Both ice and elevation while you rest your foot can lessen inflammation and create a soothing effect.
  5. Physical Therapy
    When your foot injury or condition reaches a certain stage in recovery, your OrthoAspen physician may recommend physical therapy and muscle rehabilitation to strengthen the foot and prevent future pain.

In some cases, when the pain on the top of your foot isn’t relieved with conservative methods, your OrthoAspen doctor will suggest a specific surgical procedure.

We always recommend that our patients come in for a visit whenever they’re experiencing pain. Our doctors use precision diagnostics to pinpoint exactly what’s ailing you. We’ll help find a treatment method to safely and effectively reduce uncomfortable symptoms.

Ready to take the next step? To book your consultation, please call us at 970-544-1289.


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Aspen Clinic
Aspen Valley Hospital
0401 Castle Creek Rd., Suite 2100,

Aspen, CO 81611
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Midvalley Medical Center
1450 E. Valley Rd., Suite 201,

Basalt, CO 81621
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