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The TOPS of my feet hurt.

by Barb
(Harrisburg, IL USA)

The tops of my feet hurt. When I walk it sometimes feels as if the bones in the tops of my feet are going to break. I can walk normally at times and at other times I almost feel like my foot won't work and I start to fall and catch myself. It is painful to bend my toes down(especially) or to bend my toes up. The sides of both of my legs ache periodically too - very severe pain. (the sides of my leg - not my calf)


Hi Barb,

The 2 conditions I would look at are tendonitis of the extensor tendons which are tendons on top of your feet and midtarsal fault even though I am leaning more towards tendonitis as that generally will hurt when you move your toes up and down.
The first thing I would look at is a certain pair of shoes that is exacerbating the problem. Next I would look at the type of walking you do on a regular basis. Do you regularly walk up or down steep hills?
You might consider adding an orthotic to your shoes to better balance your feet and perhaps take some of the strain off the tendons, or in the case of a midtarsal foot, better bone support.
Good luck.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Aug 28, 2017
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Yeah same here
by: Ryan

Same here my foot hurts in the front on the day before i want to go roller skating

Dec 02, 2016
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Feet pain
by: Mellisa

The pain in my feet started in my heels & have now moved into the tops. I can barely walk in the mornings & there's no way I can Jump or run if someone started chasing me. I'd be done. So I finally found a possible solution to help with the pain called Cold Laser Therapy. I read that it does womders for Plantar Fasciitis. I scheduled an appointment immediately when I read its reviews. Wish me luck.
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Apr 22, 2016
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top foot pain
by: Donna age 50

I appreciate all your comments it helps alot I have been having same issues for about about a month now first my stomach broke out in a rash all around my belly button or should I say welts every night for about a week my whole body hurt went to Dr. He first thought might be shingles then said might be lyme disease but said was just hives on return visit I could hardly walk because tops of both feet have been hurting now for about 2 weeks all the time even when sitting down there not swollen but major pain the welts are gone an other body aches the Dr. Said instead of exposing me to radiation he believes its just stress yeah I think it's time to go to new Dr.

Jan 26, 2016
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I have that same pain! You're not alone!
by: Cindy

It all started in 2007 or so, but I won't bore you with details.

They tested me for diabetes, but I don't have that. I have pins & needles/pain on tops of feet/wake from a dead sleep in unbelievable pain.

The cause, they finally determined was my spine. Yup, Severe spinal stenosis.

Ask your doctor to get an MRI and see if that's it.

The neuropathy (numbness/pain) I believe was caused by the lack of them searching for the right thing.

I will not ever get better, but Lyrica combined with the gabapentin I take seems to be a slight miracle. I take oxycodone, but not every day. I keep a log of when (and what) I take.

I just hope this helps someone. Mine has been torture! Not sure what they did before all these pills were developed.

Good luck, all!

Aug 20, 2015
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Tops of feet hurt
by: Anonymous

I am 68 stand in one place most of the day behind a desk at hotel. Eight hours of standing and walking a little. My tops of feet started hurting mostly the left one and swollen on top. Some times at night hard to get feet comfortable. They hurt when on top of each other or when just laying there on bed they hurt. What can I do for this now have inserts in shoes and it takes away the pressure on top while wearing, but when I take them off ouch.

Mar 16, 2015
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Hurting right foot
by: Anonymous

this is the second time, at night when I'm sleeping the top of my right foot hurts like something heavy is sitting on it. It wakes me up from a dead sleep, I move my foot around and sometimes it hurts worse then all of a sudden it quits. Could this be the starting of a blood clot

Aug 26, 2014
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pain right foot top to the instep side
by: Ardith

I am 64 in the last couple of months I have a sharp pain in just the top of my right foot. not when Iam walking or sitting or standing.. but just all of a sudden.. is happening more when I lay down at night. have a good pluse.. during the day the pain is there only once in awhile.. at night it is getting hard to find a place to rest the foot to sleep. have tried raising the leg and foot for rest. cool ice warm towel. and rubs.. have not had a bruise or fall. or harm to the foot and have several different types of walking footwear,. please help..

Aug 07, 2014
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Help for hurting feet!
by: Anonymous

A good number of you need to go to a Lyme Literate doctor. (a Doctor who understands Lyme Disease and how to treat Lyme Disease and all the co-infections that the tick bite can bring. Go to the International Lyme Disease web site, Or the California Lyme Disease web site *these may not be their actual names but it should get you there*. I have Bartonella as well as Lyme Disease and the foot pain especially when starting to walk or in the mornings is typical. Body pain goes along with it, as well as other aches and pains, skin sensitivity, headaches, You name it, It can be Lyme Disease. Do yourself a favor and educate yourselves. It might just save your sanity if not your life!

Aug 17, 2013
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Cause could be your back
by: Anonymous

I fell down the stair in November 2012 the pain in my back was so bad. i was bounced around from neoroligist, orthopedic pain so bad on the side of my leg to my foot had emg nothing. started getting numbness on top of my foot after because I was bounced around so much the disc in my back was disappearing on its own And then it cause me to have drop foot I'm not saying these cases you could have it but when they can't find thing anything wrong with such awful pain sometime it's cause from your nerves that travel from your back down to your spine a pinch nerve it's called.

Oct 07, 2012
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I hurt all over PLEASE HELP
by: Anonymous

I too have had both of my feet in pain, these past few months.. Feels like a road rash, and bones clicking inside my feet... They hurt so bad.. I too cannot bend my toes with out them hurting, also my toes feel like pins and needles all the time...And I wake up with charlie horses in my calfs...I also cannot stand up and walk right away, makes me look like I am drunk too.. Just before this stated happening, I was getting restless sleep with restless leg syndrome... I haven't been to see anybody as of yet about this, because I have been dealing with many other medical issues... and the medical staff, physicians, and specialist are finding nothing really extremely wrong... I actually hurt all over. They say I have fibro, but not really tested for it., they say I have RA, but the RA specialist says I have carpal tunnel, I have major heartburn, which the Gastrolisogist says I have a hyena hernia, which is causing it, will have to live with it.. the naturalpath did a food allergy test, says to try gluten free allergic, the cat scan found a mass of cysts ??? on my kidneys, followup ultrasound..later to see if they are growing.. I have been complaining of weekness, shortness of breath, sore back, in my lung area.. all comes back clear..I have the spinners, real dizzy, like floating and room spinning when I put my head down, But Holy crap, what is going on with me... My teeth hurt, my skin will not heal, and I am not getting any answers and my hubby wants to leave me, because he also thinks I am BS... trust me.. I am in so much pain.. I took Advil like candy, which rotted out my stomach lining, so I have been ordered not to take any pain pills for a while... also, I feel like I get heart spasms, and pains in my underarms and behind my breast.. mamogram is OK I have been checked for Lupus.. OK there.. I hate this.. This is not me, and I can't find an answer anywhere...Any suggestions would be appreciated as I am almost at my wits end.. and everyone close to me is sick of hearing me complain, or watch me hurt.

Jul 19, 2012
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foot pain
by: Lauren A

Upon waking, the tops of my feet (feels like my bones) hurt so bad I don't want to walk. Once I start walking the pain eases an I go about my day. What causes this pain?

Apr 23, 2012
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Barb I understand
by: KCLark

I have the same issues as you Barb. At times my foot feels ok never great, but ok. Other times it is as if someone takes a knife and jabs it into my left foot. It hurts so bad that I can hardly walk. Then it goes away a few minutes up to several hours or even days later as quickly as it arrived. I am not sure what is causing it, but when it happens I almost feel a click in the top of my foot.

Thanks


Aug 18, 2011
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The tops of my feet after volleyball
by: Anonymous

When I get done with volley ball the tops of my feet just ache and burn and throb all the time. I woke up to the feeling and I have tryouts this afternoon! I am way to young to have arthritis I'm only 13. Does any one know what's going on?!?!

Aug 18, 2011
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The tops of my feet after volleyball
by: Anonymous

When I get done with volley ball the tops of my feet just ache and burn and throb all the time. I woke up to the feeling and I have tryouts this afternoon! I am way to young to have arthritis I'm only 13. Does any one know what's going on?!?!

Aug 12, 2011
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Tops of feet just burn and HURT
by: Anonymous

SERiously, last week my feet were fine. This week the tops of my feet just burn and they look normal except for some swelling on the left foot which is wierd because that is the ankle I hairline factured and the right one I actually had to have surgery to insert a plate and screws is not swollen. Broke ankles over 5 years ago. I do have RA, & Fibro so they tell me(8 years ago). The pain I am having now is totaling keeping me housebound because I can barely walk. I have had to make a some appts this week in agony. My RA DR can't see me till Tues, 4 more days yet. I suppose if I worsen to the point of the ER then maybe I'll get in quicker! I wrapped my feet last night and I was at least able to get a few hours of sleep. I am trying Advil, and I have used my tylenol 3 but nothing takes the pain away and enables me to walk properly. I don't know what set me off like this. I did overdo on some walking with my neice last week. Makes me feel so old when I cannot even be out doing some grocey shopping without these effects on me. Don't ya ever wish your body was like a computer and would spit what the cause of your pain is or/and "danger, rest, danger, rest immediatly!"?
Or it could tell you what to do to fix it? Like you had your own central command center in your brain and it would tell you what was going on right away. Yeah, I've been in pain way too long...I so want to be out of "acute" pain.

Aug 12, 2011
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My feet
by: Amanda Reed

Hello....I just recently started walking to lose weight. When I walk the tops of my feet hurt and it is getting extremely painful. I do have arthritis, but not sure if this is the cause. They don't hurt on the bottom, only the tops. Thanks, Amanda....

Jun 28, 2011
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How old are you?
by: Taylor

I am going through similar issues. I am 54. That's too young. How old are the people reporting?
Only the top of my right foot hurts. The weird thing is that it feels better when I have a tennis shoe on...for awhile.. Sandals seem to aggravate it. lack of support?

Apr 09, 2011
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Loosing hope
by: Anonymous

I started with heel pain and was given orthotics. No help. Then cortozone shots. Still no help. Then pysiotherapy. Pain developed onto both outside edges and tops of the feet. I get out of bed every morning and can hardly walk.Went to clinic for xrays and was suspected of hairline fracture and put into a walking boot for a month. Still no better. Sent for bone scan that showed some wear of the ankle but nothing that would account for the kind of pain and stiffness I am experiencing. Had an mri last week and am waiting on the results.There are times when the pain is so bad I want to curl up and die and other brief periods when the pain just disappears for a few hours and I gain hope that maybe there is a solution.

Jan 02, 2010
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I feel your pain
by: Anonymous

No, really, I feel your pain. I have been diagnosed with tendonitis, arthritis, neuritis, plantar fascitis, a plantar fibromatoma on the left arch, neuropathy. I am a female with EEE width, but short, feet. I have multiple nerve entrapments. So far I've had the right plantar fascia released, a large neuroma removed from both feet and 2 hammer toes fixed. Most days I could chew my own feet off.
It's embarassing to eat in a restaurant because it looks like I'm drunk when I stand up. I don't even drink.
So far, I've been told a lot about whats wrong but not much about what to do other than to try to learn coping mechanisms to deal with the pain.

Oct 06, 2009
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foot and leg pain
by: Bell

In the morning when I get up I can barely stand and walk due to the pain in my feet (left more than right) It feels as though my bones are trying to freeze up. If I stretch my calves out(heal down and lean forward as far as possible)) it is much easier to walk. It is causing my leg muscles to contract. I have been to a sports medicine DR. and he gave me pills.(Naprosync 500mg and Diclofenac 75mg. and then a month later said that I should be getting better soon, but no such luck. X-rays were taken and arthritis,planters facia and haglers wart? Heal growth were ruled out so I am back to square one.If you have any opinions please feel free to share.

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