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Pain in the top of my foot

by Melissa

I cannot remember any trauma to my foot, but the top of my foot has been paining for about a week now. It has gotten worse too. Whenever I bend my foot in a certain may it hurts more (especially when I turn my toes up or when I walk). Lately, there even seems to be some pain in one area of my foot arch. The pain on the top of my foot is not easily stimulated when I touch my foot. Just when it moves. There is no redness or swelling apparent to me.

Please let me know what you think. I am wondering if I should immediately see someone about this, or should it get better on it's own.
Thank you.

Hi Melissa,
My first thought would be tendonitis which can occur without any history of trauma.
You can try warm soaks and anti-inflammatory medication (assuming you can tolerate it) for about a week. Try and avoid excessive activity and perhaps a rigid sole shoe would be helpful. Give it a week; if it does not improve appreciably , see a podiatrist.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Dec 27, 2015
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Unexplained pain on top of foot
by: Anonymous

Have any of you been tested for adult onset hypophosphatasia? It's a rare bone genetic order that's not taught in medical school. A basic metabolic blood test can find it. Most doctors don't know to look for it. It's low alkaline phosphate coupled with higher levels of vitamin B6 in your blood test. Most doctors look for high ALP and low ALP is so rare, even a good doctor can miss it. When it hits you in adulthood you experience pain many of you are describing and sometimes it's because you have stress fractures in your feet that you aren't aware of. Because there's a missing enzyme needed for bone formation that HPP people are missing, they can become prone to stress fractures in adulthood. You can carry the gene ALPL and not ever have symptoms because it hasn't expressed itself. Then when and if it does, it can be in adulthood. Again, I'd be surprised if any of your physicians know about it. I'd get a MRI and see what's going on. It's not in your head. Also a simple blood test detects it. Maybe 1 out 300-400 carry the gene. It's been studied in infants because it's almost always life threatening. But there's few if any studies for adults. Be your own patient advocate and find out what's wrong and why. I'm just throwing this out there. I'm not a doctor, but I was recently diagnosed because a very smart educated rheumatologist knew what to rule out.

Aug 24, 2013
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Foot pain
by: Anonymous

I too have planter mostly my left foot. I golf a lot and at my own course, I walk carrying my bag. Over the last 3 days I started to experience top of my left foot pain. My golf shoes seem to keep my planter under control. I hope I can find a solution for my foot as I am retired and really enjoy my golf. I also periodically get different forms of pain In both feet but they come and go.

Alan

Jan 31, 2012
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Pain, redness & slightly swollen
by: Anonymous

I have pain in just one foot, right on top near the veins. It is worse when I am on my feet all day. Then when I sit it still aches and I have a hard time when I get up. It is also slightly red and puffy.

Oct 04, 2011
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Foot pain
by: Ang74

Oh my gosh. I have the same thing. In the last few weeks, I have been waking up to bad foot pain in both, but prodominately my right foot. It doesn't hurt while at rest and it stops hurting almost completely if I walk around on it. It seems to be the most painfull after long periods of not walking on it. I can't figure this out for the life of me and it is very annoying.

May 19, 2010
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Pain in the top of my foot
by: Anonymous

Hi, I too have pain on the top of my foot. I'm a group exercise instructor and a personal training.
The pain started with planter facitist, which I am struggling with right now, but the pain has now progress to the top of my left foot.
I keep icing my feet, wear "good" supported athletic shoes and have supports in my shoes.
The pain is constant.

Aug 07, 2009
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Pain in the top of right foot
by: April

I get more or less the same thing. Every morning when i wake up with excruciating pain in the top of my right foot. The pain comes and goes.I mostly only feel it in the morning. It never hurts when im sitting. Even if i sit down and rub my foot it feels as if the pain was never there until i stand. It hurts alot when i stand and walk and move my toes but as the day progresses it use to stop now i been noticing the proceeds through-out the day. The pain is also getting worse. Im only 16, im no athlete, i should have no problems like this what so ever.

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