Pain On Top Of The Foot: What Causes It? Causes And Solutions.

Foot Pain: Causes, Treatment, And Prevention

There are several causes of foot pain on the top of the foot. Pain on the top of the foot can be caused by three conditions:

  • Fractures due to stress
  • Bone Spurs
  • An extensor tendonitis

Here are some ways to deal with extensor tendonitis pain based on an understanding of these three conditions.


There can be a small crack in a bone or severe bruising inside of it when a stress fracture occurs.

What are the causes of stress fractures of the foot?

Stress fractures are most commonly caused by repetitive motion and overuse.

Who is at risk of stress fractures?

Stress fractures occur in runners and athletes who participate in running sports, such as soccer and basketball.


Over time, the cartilage between bones can deteriorate when there is a bone spur. To compensate for the missing cartilage, the body produces bone spurs.

What are the causes of a bone spur?

Osteoarthritis can cause pain on the top of the feet due to bone spurs.

There are other causes of bone spurs on the top of the foot besides osteoarthritis. The degeneration of cartilage can also lead to the growth of a bone spur.

What are the causes of pain on the top of the foot caused by bone spurs?

Runners and dancers are at risk of developing bone spurs. The following can also cause bone spurs:

  • Foot injury
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Tight shoes

You will likely experience pain on the top of your foot if you have a bone spur on the foot.

Extensor Tendonitis

Extensor tendonitis causes inflammation in the tendons on the top of the foot. The pain is typically felt on the top of the foot, between the ankle and the ball of the foot.

Among the symptoms of extensor tendonitis are:

  • Foot swelling
  • Foot bruising, swelling, or redness
  • Foot pain in the center
  • Calf muscle tightness

Your top foot may hurt if you stand for long periods of time, run or walk on uneven surfaces, or wear shoes that are too tight.

Five Tips To Stop Foot Pain From Extensor Tendonitis

  • REST 

    It can do wonders to rest the affected area. You can give your foot a chance to heal by taking the pressure off of it. For the time being, stop high-impact activities such as running if you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot. If you suffer from long-term pain, it's better to take a break from your favorite activity than to have your performance and enjoyment compromised. 

  • ICE

    An injury can be reduced in swelling if it is iced, resulting in less pain. Cold treatment is used by top athletes to stay at the top of their game. It's effective. 


    Extensor tendonitis can also be relieved with a cold compress. ACE wraps or other store-bought ankle supports can also be used. 


    The top of the foot can hurt if shoes or socks are too tight. Examine your footwear. Your shoes are too tightly tied. It's too tight in the shoes. Your activity level doesn't require shoes that are supportive enough. Look for a new pair of shoes if you determine that the shoes are too tight or too supportive. A good-fitting shoe comes in all shapes, sizes, and levels of support, and your feet are important enough to warrant it.


    If you try the above and you still have problems with pain on top of your foot, see a therapist or an orthopaedic surgeon ascertain the seriousness of your condition. All-in-One Foot Care Center can provide an evaluation if you experience pain or injury. You may call us at 949-588-8833 for more information. The All-In-One Foot Care offices are located in Laguna Hills, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, and Costa Mesa and offer a range of foot care services. For more information, please visit our website:

📲 949-588-8833

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