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Sudden sharp stabbing pain in the top of one foot

by Bob F.
(Los Angeles, Ca.)

I'm a 49 yr old male. 5'6" & 165lbs. In very good health. I exercise 3-4 times a week and do good deal of walking as a part of my job.


After several years in absence last night I was revisited by a very familiar pain. Suddenly and without warning I get a sharp stabbing pain dead center in the top of my left foot. It is a world stopping pain. It will last from a second or two to up to a full minute. This comes in episodes ..... last night the pains came once or twice an hour throughout the night. These episodes last from a few hours to several days. Day or night.... morning or evening make no difference.

Years ago I thought it was related to bad shoes. So I bought the best. No effect..... Many doctors & x-rays later it was thought it might be diet related .....a deficiency in potassium. So I ate a banana a day. The results were mixed. Much exercise along with vitamin and mineral supplements were of little help. After a time it simply went away.

Now it has returned. There have been no changes in diet, activity level or anything.

I fear I'll be walking down a hall and simply collapse form this pain out of the blue. What could this be?

Hi Bob,
I am not trying to pass the buck here but a very sharp pain like you are experiencing is difficult to diagnose without actually examining you.
When people describe sharp stabbing pain the first thought is a Mortons's neuroma. This would occur in the part of the foot just behind the toes, usually the third and fourth toe.
If that is where your pain is then you can read my section on Morton's neuroma, if that is not where the pain is originating from then I think a another visit to a podiatrist would be indicated.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Nov 16, 2019
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Shoes
by: Kathy

Are there any shoes that help with this issue?
Just wondering
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You could try a laced oxford that has 1.depth to it so it does not impinge on top of your foot, and 2.contains a good arch support in it. If the arch support is not present, you could always purchase an over the counter arch and see what that does.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Nov 12, 2019
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Same pain
by: Charles

Bob,
Did you ever get an answer as to what this is? I've had the exact same kind of pain. It's not a Morton's neuroma. In my case, it's on the top of my foot, toward the inside, just about an inch from the bottom of my let. There is no point tenderness there's and no lump, redness, etc. The pain comes on out of nowhere and does not really seem relieved by anything. It's excruciating when it comes, I'd say 9/10. I've had 3 kidney stones and I'd say this is much worse, but thankfully never lasts more than a minute or two. Sometimes it's pulsating, particularly when it lasts more than a few seconds.

I'm not sure how long ago this was posted so hopefully it's still an active thread.
Charles

Jun 22, 2019
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Worse at Night
by: Lori

I am a 64 year old female with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. I was a retail sales rep for years walking around on hard floors with dress shoes on and climbing ladders, dragging posters and other things in bags through malls and big stores. I have had both knees replaced 3 years ago and this pain which is deblilitating started after that so I think it must be nerve damage. I took Lyrica until my insurance company would no longer pay for it and now I just suffer. Last night I only got about 3 hours of interrupted sleep because of the pain. Nothing helps. This just seems to be my new normal and it is exhausting. I live an active life and must have a high pain tolerance because I just keep on going.

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Speak to your doctor about cheaper alternatives to Lyrica, which may make it affordable to pay out of pocket.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 20, 2019
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my foot pain...
by: Chris

Thanks Dr Marc for your input! I have seen several drs. I have received injections once but no difference and a second foot dr wanted to do surgery & shave the foot bones down on top. He said it was the largest bones he has seen.I'm not a big person but those bones really protrude. On my left foot I notice my ankle seems to have shifted more toward the front of my foot. The dr showed me on my x-rays. I got a bit freaked out about that type of surgery but this is getting really bad! I must perhaps find another dr. Thanks again for your info! I appreciate it!

Jun 19, 2019
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top of foot pain...
by: Chris

Like the other posts I have read, I have 'sharp' pain right on the very top of my foot directly straight through where my arch would be but on top. It comes in waves and every few seconds & it all but takes my breath away. I have extremely large bones on the top where the pain occurs and have been diagnosed with osteo arthritis through x-rays. Would this cause the stabbing pain? It will go away but return at a later time. I notice at times when I take my socks off the pain starts or if the light weight sheets touch my feet in bed it will shoot pain. Sound familiar? Thanks!
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Arthritis on top of the foot may be the most common cause of your stabbing pain, primarily due to the nerves on top of your foot being irritated by the "roughness" of the bones. The tendons on top of your foot may also be involved.
If the pain is severe enough why not contact a podiatrist in your area? He or she certainly should be able to bring you some relief

Marc Mitnick DPM

Apr 24, 2019
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Exact Same Symptoms
by: Reece

I have the exact symptoms you described in the dead center of my right foot. My pain episodes come about once a month and last for about 30 mins to an hour with 5-10 stabs that last around 5 seconds each with varying time in between. I'm 19 male. I excersize daily and have no nerve related medical conditions aside from restless leg syndrome.

Feb 24, 2019
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Samsies!!
by: OSharonnly

I get this random pain described in the top of my right foot - maybe every other month but sometimes not for months. and its over quickly - no more than half hour at worst. usually only 2 or 3 stabs.

I have a stand up/ sit down desk and vary that daily. I do squats dead lifts etc and walking 2 days week; knee pushups planks, lateral and front raises and walk or bounce on mini trampoline 2 days week years. I'm 67 female, taking no meds, have no conditions.

just sharing.

Jan 30, 2019
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Omg what is this excruciating pain?
by: Mary

I’ve read a lot of these comments on the pain in your foot.I Have the same thing going on right now!! My left foot on the outside right under ankle that radiates towards the front!!! Omg the pain feels like electrical shock that lasts for 3-5 seconds and come and goes when ever, it started about 6 months ago I thought it was gone,but it’s BACK!!! If I’m walking and it comes on I can’t walk for that 5 seconds, I actually yell in pain it’s so bad!!!! Please any info will be appreciated, I’m a 53 year old female who is pretty healthy and work out 3-4 x a week, I just don’t get it????

Aug 29, 2018
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Fracture and nerve pain?
by: Susan

Hi- I'm a 51 year female with T2Diabetes recently experiencing pain (soreness) on the top of the left foot and massive sharp pain in one toe (the second one)at the tip. Ive read through the comments and my type doesnt quite seem to fit with others. I had a Masionneuve fracture six years ago and lost feeling in part of my foot. I have hardware above ankle joint. The surgeon said I probably would always have numbness, but now I have shooting pain (random).
I'm wondering if it's a coincidence that it's my left foot that was injured or the onset of neuropathy from Diabetes. My GP doesn't have a clue.

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Most cases of diabetic neuropathy affect both feet, so on the surface I would "guess" the pain is from the previous surgery.
See a local foot specialist for a more definite diagnosis.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 15, 2018
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by: Dr. Mitnick

More thoughts on....

stabbing pain in the top of one foot



As you can see from all the comments associated with this post, pain on top of the foot presents itself in various ways.

It should become clear to anyone reading through this thread, that there can be multiple sources for pain on top of the foot.

As I stated in my response to the original post, it is virtually impossible to make a diagnosis without actually examining the foot, taking a history and perhaps even an x-ray.

I have decided to include some of the more common conditions that may cause problems with the top of the foot and links to the pages that further discuss this problem.

Read through them and see if any better fit your symptoms. However, if your pain is very severe, then a visit to a footspecialist would be the smart move.

Hope this helps.

tendonitis

ganglion cyst

midtarsal fault

nerve entrapment

stress fracture

bone spur

neuropathy

Jul 10, 2018
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Oh the pain!!
by: Australia

I’m in my early 50’s, and have several chronic illnesses, including T2 diabetes. I first experienced the sharp stabbing pain in my left foot a few years ago, and I believe my condition is caused by my diabetes, and is exasperated when my diabetes is uncontrolled. Another contributing factor, that could affect the spasms is sitting for long periods at work, and travelling long distances, and this was the case for me last week.

(I’m actually suffering with the pain right now, and it is excruciating! It’s almost 1.00am, and I have a 7.30 start in the morning. It’s going to be a very long day!).

When I visited my doctor the first time I experienced the pain, he prescribed a drug called Lyrica. It was very helpful, and after a short time I ceased taking it, as I changed my diet, and became more active, and didn’t have the pain anymore.

Unfortunately the pain is back again, and I’m planning a visit to the doctor tomorrow to get a script for Lyrica, or something similar.

Here’s a site, that has some information on diabetic nerve pain, and Lyrica.

https://www.lyrica.com/diabetic-nerve-pain/managing-diabetic-nerve-pain

I’m by no means promoting Lyrica, I’m just letting you know what worked for me.

Hope this is helpful.

Jun 05, 2018
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Any answers
by: Kav

I see years of people saying sharp pain top of foot but see very few answers!!!

May 28, 2018
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Podiatrist visit
by: Kathy

I have the pain that everyone has shared. After x-rays and pressing on my foot the doctor believes I have a neuroma. To start with he said to ice my foot on top , use metatarsal pads. This has helped a bit with the day to day pain. Next step will be cortisone shot.
I’ll let you know how this goes.

May 27, 2018
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Also experiencing this pain
by: Kellyn

I was desperate for information regarding this pain and found this thread. I had it a few weeks ago, it was quite dangerous because it came on while driving, but then went away. It just started again a week ago. It’s in the top of my left foot, feels like waves of electric shocks like.a very strong tens machine is going through the top of my foot. I pronate badly, worse in the right foot so wear orthotics. I have noticed my shoes are quite loose so wondered if it was something to do with using my toes for balance or something like that. Tonight I switched to a pair of clogs that I often wear inside, but haven’t for a week or so, and immediately the pain took hold in a tendon that runs down the inside from the ankle/shin area of my foot and right along the top of the foot. It was excruciating but I have now isolated where the pain is coming from. I am going to see a physio tomorrow rather than a podiatrist as I am going overseas next week and need urgent help. Will post on how that goes.

May 22, 2018
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Sudden Sharp Pain in the top of my left foot
by: Brian

I started getting this really sharp pain in the top of my left foot while sleeping about 2 months ago. I have figured out over time that it only happens when laying on my right side. If I roll over to my left the the sharp pains episodes stop. I have only had it happen a few times while awake. I'm 57yo male with hypertension. Anyway one had any success with figuring this all out?

May 17, 2018
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Another Stabbed-in-the-Foot Club Member
by: rsteve

I am an active, 74-year-old, who hikes, bikes, and works our regularly. I have several controlled health conditions including gout, coronary artery disease, and sleep Apnea. I too have had these symptoms randomly. going on now more than two years. They occur several months apart with no obvious trigger, usually lasting only one night, but sometimes two. They always awaken me from sleep with the severe stabbing pain which nothing seems to help. They continue 2-5 seconds repeating in 1 to 2 minute intervals while I am reclining or sitting, but go away when I stand or walk. The attack first began with the left foot and last night the right. Gabapentin prescribed by my DPM only masks the pain and makes me dysfunctional and wonky feeling. Nothing I have found including heat, ice, diet or any medication or combination seems to help except standing and walking. Since it happens so infrequently, and is relieved as I stand and sacrifice only sleep, I persevere and suffer through it. It would be a great relief if someone develops a viable diagnosis and/or treatment.

May 07, 2018
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Personal experience
by: Banban

I have been experiencing this pain for a few months now. I’m 25 in decent healthy shape. I wear safety boots for work so all the people that mentioned tight foot wear could most likely be right. I have also been trying to cut out sugar and began the Ketogenic diet. The pain comes and goes at really random times and there only has been one day where it happened almost every 30 minutes. But that same day I did not sleep the night before so I think this pain has to do with not being well rested or stretched out. MY SUGGESTION don’t cross your legs when you sit or sleep, try to eat a healthy diet, do a quick stretch of your foot every morning, try to sit whenever you get a chance to releive stress and vise versa if you work somewhere where you sit for long periods stand and stretch your feet(sitting for a long time could be blocking some nerve in your leg) and try to get as much sleep as possible. Cheers guys.

Apr 09, 2018
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Relief from Shooting Pain to Left Foot
by: Patrick

I have had the same symptoms described here a number of times.

The shooting pain stops when I use an inversion table to stretch my back.

I think the cause of my pain is a misalignment my L4 L5 vertebrate.

Go to a store like "Relax the Back" and try one out.

My pain stopped after one 5 minute session on the table.

Good luck.


Mar 10, 2018
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What is it
by: YouGrannyr

I'm 80, both knees and 1 hip replaced, have peripheral neuropathy in both feet. Just started to experience intense electric-like pain jolt in top/side of right foot, going from just under ankle joint to base of toes for the second time. Several ripples per minute. I had this several months ago from 125 fire ant bites on my right foot. This necessitated a trip to ER and cortisone injection and lidocaine cream for bites. The pulsating electric jolts started soon after the initial stings. Now after 8 bites on left leg and 4 on right leg the pulsating electric shock pain is happening every few seconds to right foot. Could it be from ant venom, or from nerve impingement from my arthritic back - I did lift heave fire wood and other things day before yesterday when I got the ant bites. Can't sleep and neither heat nor cold nor topical pain-killing stuff helps.
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The first thing I would rule out is a superficial nerve entrapment on the top of your foot. If your foot is arthritic, when you wear a closed shoe, you may be pressing the nerve into the bone spurs (arthritis) and causing the pain which can linger, even out of shoes.
Why not see a podiatrist and see if that is the case?

Marc Mitnick DPM

Mar 07, 2018
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Foot pain
by: ERIN

I had this too years ago and was sent a foot doctor. He told me it was from crossing my leg when sitting. I quit sitting that way and it stopped. It was awful as it felt like someone was shocking the top of my foot or stabbing it with a tip of a knife. It hasn't returned.

Dec 10, 2017
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Shooting and Sharp Stabbing Pain in the top of left foot
by: Frances

I also experienced these intense sharp shooting, stabbing pain on the top of my left foot, behind the 3rd and 4th toes. The pain would wake me up in the middle of the night. I did tried Tylenol III with Codeine but to no avail. It only gave me nasty sight effects. Am taking 1 capsule of Gabapentin 300 mg in the morning and 2 capsules in the evening. This is to prevent muscle spasm on my stomach, thighs and cramps on my legs. I still get the pain on my left foot. But if I take 2 Ibuprofen and .025 mg of Alprazolam, I felt relieved within 2 to 3 hours. The top of the foot is served by a different nerve path and not the sciatic. Therefore, in my opinion the pain is causing by anxiety disorders or nerve disorders. There is no bones or muscles involved. Currently am seeing a doctor regarding this problem. I am 69 years old female and I have diabetes and hypertension.

Nov 09, 2017
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consider piriformis
by: Katy

Have had experience with this localized sudden very sharp foot pain. In my case, it moves a bit between being central and off towards base of 4th toe.
Many people have recommended many different things-- but in the thread I didn't find anyone suggest to look into tightness in buttock muscles on that side, to the degree that the foot pain is almost a 'travelling' nerve pain, a sciatica of sorts.
When I do my exercises for piriformis syndrome, it all settles down.

Easiest one of all is to put a tennis ball inside a sock; hold the upper end of the sock in left hand, and lean your backside against a wall and slowly, gently roll against the ball, feeling into finding sore spots in the buttock, and 'hang out' there with a little pressure. Take your time; don't rush. When you step away from the wall and walk, there's a loosening in the whole leg. Good luck, all! Keep learning.

Oct 19, 2017
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Wow, I didn't expect to find anybody with this
by: Billy

It just started for me last night - (10-18-2017). I just get a random sharp localized pain in the top, almost center of my foot like it's being stabbed. It last a second or two and then stops for a few seconds to a few minutes and then does it again. It'll do this a few times until it stops. I then went hours today without it happening and then it happened 4 or 5 times. It stopped for two hours and I just had it happen again a few times and now it stopped again. So weird.

Sep 24, 2017
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These are my exact symptoms
by: Kathy

So many have described my symptoms. Last week for the second time since January I had a sharp pain in the top of my foot. It felt like a sharp hot object was stuck in my foot. It would last about 30 second s to a minute. It came in waves through the the night. I could not sleep . The next day I had some episodes but not that sharp and long. I haven’t been to a doctor because I don’t know what kind to go to.
Thank you so much for your comments. Any more suggestions would be appreciated.
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Your best option would be to see a podiatrist.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Sep 13, 2017
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Pain at top of foot but only when touched
by: Sandie

I woke one night with an excruciating pain at the top of my right foot, I couldn't locate where it was at first as I prodded and poked to find where it was and there was nothing, it then woke me again in the night as I brushed my foot across the sheet - this was a light touch of the sheet and it caused this awful pain. Over a few weeks I began to find the location and if I stroke the top of the foot there is a point where there is an intense pain radiating to the 2nd toe. Ive now noticed when I walk barefoot there is a tingling sensation from my heel to the under side of the big toe. any suggestions welcome

Sep 10, 2017
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Problem Solved (I think)
by: Will

Been having occasional mild foot pain spikes for the past year or two. I'm a 52 y/o male in pretty good shape. First thought it was poor circulation. Then just in the past few days, the pain level got jacked up to about an 8 on a 1-10 scale where 10 is a severe charley horse leg cramp. Ultimately I discovered that the pain wasn't a completely random occurrence. It could be triggered by stretching my leg or pressing down on the top of my foot. That's when I made the connection to tightness in the calf muscle. Finally I connected the pieces and realized this was brought on by a new exercise routine I started called the A40 for men 40 and over. You can google the YouTube videos. Ironically, I switched from doing just basic crunches to the A40 because I heard crunches can cause neck and back injuries.

Sep 09, 2017
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Short sharp pain to top right foot
by: Gerry

Yesterday I started having short sharp and intense pain in top of right foot, only lasts about 3-5 seconds. I had three or four episodes yesterday, the same through the night, and a couple this morning (UK). Good to hear all the comments, gives some idea of causes, if this persists I will have see my GP to try and get a diagnosis.

Jul 27, 2017
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Wow!
by: Jan

Today I was standing minding my own business in the kitchen when all of a sudden I felt like someone had dropped a hot poker right down the middle of my left foot. I have NEVER felt that intense pain ever in my life. (Even after giving birth 3 times) It almost knocked me over. It only lasted for a few seconds only to return again for 1 last blow. Its good to read these posts and know that Im not losing my mind!! I am now afraid to even walk on it....ugh

Jun 25, 2017
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Top of Left foot stabbing pain
by: Terry

I went to Podiatrist and got xrays. The doctor said nothing seen on xrays other than a bone spur on bottom of my heel. He said very common and not causing my pain. He said it could be a ligament or tendon issue. (Soft tissue issue) is the way he put it. Was told to buy power step insoles online and stretches several times a week to keeps feet loosened up. I will say the stabbing pain when I bump my foot is still there. I guess I will just have to be careful not to bump anything in that spot forever. Other than that my foot is feeling better. Good luck with your issues. Hope this helps someone.

Jun 20, 2017
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Nerve Pain
by: Anonymous

I posted awhile back about the horrific ice pick pain in my feet and like some here I also have back pain as well. The jabbing pains in my foot have been gone for some time now. However even though I am not diabetic I've been tested for neuropathy in my feet and ankles and it was positive. I continued to have generalized foot and ankle pain for several years now for unknown reasons. I recently discovered a medication I took for an ear infection was being accused of being the cause for neuropathy in some people. I remembered when I was taking it I was having strange pains in my ankles at the time but thought nothing in relationship to the medication. The medication I took was Cipro and there are lawsuits concerning it and some other like drugs. Anyone here having pain taken it I wondeer?

Jun 20, 2017
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Voodoo Dorsal Syndrome part 2
by: Anonymous

Just an update to let you all know my podiatrist found that I had reduced nerve sensation in the same foot I used to have stabbing pain. He's not sure why but he thinks it may have something to do with my spondylolisthesis. Have your doctor use a 256 hertz tuning fork on both feet to see if you have this, too. It could be an important clue to what causes this condition. Still no stabbing pain but almost everyday I feel a sensation in the exact spot it used to be in.

Jun 08, 2017
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HAPPY AGAIN
by: Donna

I HAVE NOT HAD ANY ELECTRIC STABBING PAIN ON TOP OF MY RIGHT FOOT FOR MONTHS NOW. I RETIRED AND ONLY WEAR SHOES WHEN I GO OUT NOW. HAPPY RETIREMENT AND HAPPY FOOT!!!!

Jun 07, 2017
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Sharp stabbing burning pain - Top of Foot
by: Daniel

Wow, I have been having a similar pain as most on this thread. Excruciating sudden pain on the top of foot, almost directly between toe 4 and my ankle.

I am 32, and have always stayed active. Not the best diet, but not terrible. This started for me about 3 months ago. I have had several injuries, from broken bones, torn cartilage in knee as well as torn ACL in the same right knee. I have always had a tolerance for pain, at least I thought until this. The pain I am having is in the right foot as well. I know I have nerve damage from the knee surgeries, as the outer part of my right leg has been numb since. However, the surgeries were over 10 yrs ago, and I have never had numbness or pain in my foot. It has plagued my life, causing less sleep and a constant worry about it hitting me. When this first started, like others, it hit and lasted for a few seconds up to a minute, then would stop as instantly as it started. Then several minutes later, BAM!! Here we go again. Then suddenly, without change to diet, exercise, or changing footwear, it completely disappeared for about 2 or 3 weeks. No pain, it seemed to be over....

Then, out of nowhere, while playing with my 4 yr old, there it was. That terrible, tear jerking, gut wrenching pain of a dull ice pick in the top of my foot again. But it is worse now. I didn't think it could possibly get worse, boy was I wrong. It came back with a vengeance!!!

Not only that, now I am having a similar, yet more of burning pain in my right hand. This is in the palm, below my middle finger. Instead of an ice pick, it feels more like a giant wasp sting, or a big needle injecting a burning sensation.

With both, they hit suddenly, last for no more than a minute, and are excruciating! Did this happen with any of you? Or did it stay in your feet? Or does anyone think they are/aren't related? If any other posters return and have answers as to what this may be, I would love to hear it.

Jun 05, 2017
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Top of Left foot stabbing pain
by: Terry

I am 46 and walk a lot for work. I usually wear a good shoe with memory foam. I have started noticing a bad stabbing pain on the top of my left foot only when it bumps something. I can wear a sandal and if it pushes on top of my foot just in that spot it almost makes my eyes water from the pain. My foot isn't swollen and or red. Going to podiatrist soon to maybe get trays and maybe get some answers. I have read some of these posts and I think from a previous doctors visit 6 months ago, I do have high potassium as well as low vitamin D. I will reply with outcome or doctors comments in a week or two from now.

May 07, 2017
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Deficiency in vitamin D
by: Pam

In my post earlier this year I describe the foot pain I was experiencing. A blood test showed vitamin D deficiency. I am now on prescription strength Vit D. 50,000 units per week. The pain has completely disappeared I have just read that Vit D deficiency can cause shooting nerve pain. I believe it is the Vit D deficiency which caused the pain in my case

May 03, 2017
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Is stabbing pain in top of foot a gout issue?
by: Fred

I am a 70 year old male in good shape but I suffered earlier gout attacks in my left ankle. I stopped taking my allopurinol 5 yrs ago and about two three months ago I started suffering the exact type of stabbing pain on the top of my foot. The podiatrist suggested gout and a foot X-ray showed nothing. So I have been assuming it is a gout condition that is very slowly improving. It's been awful in so many ways. I re-started my allopurinol to control the Uric acid which causes gout and now am praying the condition goes away. Like all the other comments the pain is exactly like an ice pick stabbing. Ug!!

May 03, 2017
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Stabbing pain on top of left foot
by: Ron

This is a first for me it just started last night. this sharp stabbing pain can have different intensities.A few days ago I started a new blood pressure medicine that raises potassium levels also been eating banana aday. if potassium levels are to high can it cause this pain? I will back off this medication and see what happens.

Apr 28, 2017
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At Least I'm Not Alone
by: JG

If nothing else, this page has made me feel less alone. I have suffered with this agonizing, burning, stabbing pain on the top of my right foot for years and my doctors just shrug it off when I try to tell them about it. They've even made me feel like it might be in my head. It used to last only a few seconds a few times a day, but now it has gotten to the point where it lasts for hours of misery.

At least reading that so many others have had the same problem helps me to feel less alone and to know that this is something real.

Apr 12, 2017
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no help for foot pain
by: CK

I am 66, in good health and in fairly good shape. I am not overweight. I have had the same stabbing pain others have described in the top of both feet, in my instep. I have had x-rays of both feet and seen a podiatrist. She did not have any answers, although she said I have "structural problems" with the bones in both feet, and she said I have a shortened achilles tendon. This pain started maybe six months ago, at first sporadically. Now it is most of the time, in both feet, including in bed at night. I used to run, but the pain has kept me from running. It keeps me awake at night. I am very frustrated because the podiatrist prescribed a Lidocaine 5% topical patch and offered a prescription for Gabapentin. The patch helped some, but right next to and above the patch the pain kept me awake at night. The side effects of the Gabapentin keep me from wanting to try it. Has anyone taken anything like this? Did it help? I have tried doing a lot of stretching, but I cannot tell any improvement from this. I feel as if the podiatrist does not take this seriously.

Mar 27, 2017
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Remedy for sharp stabbing pain
by: Richard

I have previously posted my remedy for all the stories that I read on these very sharp debilitating stabbing pains in my right foot just above my toes. I take a swig of "Indian tonic water" as soon as i can, preferably within minutes of the attack. The effect is amazing and works within 30 seconds, truly amazing. I have told other sufferers about this and they all report success. My Doctor says the quinine is the active ingredient that works the trick. Try it you might find that this is all you need for relieve, best of luck!!!

Mar 27, 2017
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welcome to the club
by: ron

As below...electric pain .top of foot. Have had gout for last 4 days which has now eased off. Been off the beer this week. Dont know if this has helped but...
the shocks only last for 2-3 seconds and spaced about a minute apart.just started tonite. Never felt this before.
im 71....not overweight but take atacand for BP.

Mar 15, 2017
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Same Same
by: John

I have had the same thing for a couple of years on and off now. Very painful and sleep depriving. For me its a trapped nerve somewhere in my foot and it can only be treated with stretching and exercising the muscles in my lower leg. Roll around on a tennis ball breaking up the tightness in the muscle on the outside of shin, knee to ankle and then do heaps (50) calf raises. Then the pain goes away for a few weeks months until it tightens up again. PT good.

Mar 09, 2017
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Hold on
by: Penny

I'm going to my doctor today. Podiatrist said I needed blood tests. It could be a symptom of diabetes. He also mentioned gout. When I get the results back, I will let you know. Hold on.

Mar 08, 2017
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Pain on top of right Foot.
by: Em

For the past 2 weeks, maybe more, ive been having unbelievable pain on top of my right foot.
it hurts so much more at night when lying down. Ice makes it worse, heat helps a little.
It is so bad at night I am reduced to tears, like right now writing this

Intense throbbing pain. There is a tender spot on top of foot which is sore to touch.
i am completely exhausted from this.

There are no decent doctors near me. It is now constant though, no breaks, all day, everyday.

Will ring a few doctors tomorrow.

Feb 20, 2017
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Spurs
by: Spurticus

Hi there I have had same pain for over a year and as I was slowly going crazy I decided to take action and go get an X-ray to see what's causing it and they found a spur! So anyone that is suffering from this sharp sudden onset stabbing electric zap pain go and ask for an X-ray to rule out or confirm spur. Good luck to all

Feb 16, 2017
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Like being stabbed in the foot
by: Sean

I am a 50 year old man in pretty good shape and about 165 pounds. Tonight, while sitting on the couch with my feet up, I suddenly felt the most severe, sharpest pain in the top inside of my left foot, unlike anything I've ever felt. It lasted only a few seconds and repeated twice more. But it hurt so badly that I now am terrified it will happen again. Totally different than a cramp, this was more sudden and intense as any pain I've ever felt. I can't believe I've never heard of this, so was shocked that a google search turned up this board with comments from so many with nearly identical pains. I will be calling my podiatrist tomorrow. There has to be an answer out there. Thank you to all who have shared their experiences so I don't feel completely alone. This pain was truly horrible.

Feb 15, 2017
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Solution to pain on top of foot
by: Donna

Just found out today!! Those who have electric pain ON TOP OF FOOT-not on bottom or near toes-just ON TOP--probable cause is a bone spur. Yep yep yep. I've been told to stop wearing any shoe that goes on top of pain of foot or past it. So went out and bought shoes that just goes to end of toes so it does not go over top of foot. I'll see if this helps. If it is a bone spur-nerves are involed so that's why the pain is so severe. If this works I'll post about it. Good luck and BYE tennis shoes!!!!

Feb 14, 2017
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Finally Gone
by: Marcia

I had this often and on for a couple of years. Finally it has stopped, but I am taking Lyrica now for Neuropathy pain that developed in my feet and ankles due to unknown causes possibly from use of antibiotic Cipro. I tried everything to rid myself of that terrible pain. Glad it is gone finally. Knock on wood!

Feb 14, 2017
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ELECTRIC
by: Donna

Sharp Sharp pain on top of my right foot. Not near toes-just ON TOP of my foot.

Feb 03, 2017
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nerve entrapment
by: Jaclyn

I have the same stabbing pain in the top of my right foot, as almost everyone else here has described. I've now had it for 1 year, coming and going as it pleases...generally when I where closed-toed shoes.

After much research, I think i've discovered what it is - nerve entrapment. Aside from a (steroid??) injection, it doesn't seem like there is much else that can be done to relieve the pain or prevent it from attacking.

Jan 30, 2017
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Stabbing pain on top of right foot
by: Pam

About a week ago I suddenly experienced sharp stabbing pain on the top of my right foot . The pain was sharp and sudden and lasted about 10 seconds. This morning I woke up and had 3 bouts of the same pain within about 5 mins I mainly wear flat shoes and have a sedentary job. The interesting thing is that this has happened about a week after I cut down on sugary foods and 3 days after a long haul flight

Jan 29, 2017
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same pain
by: Anonymous

i get that same pain on top of my right foot goes away for so long then out of the blue it stabs again. i know its not mortons neuroma because i actually had that in my left foot bad but believe it or not i did a natural cleanse for h.pylori with mastic gum and it completely disappeared,my dr. was,stunned! my mom still suffers from that. this is a stabbing pain out of nowhere that makes u limp on one leg badly. wish i could figure this out too.

Dec 08, 2016
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Stabbing pain top of left foot woke me up.
by: Jerry

I am a 64 year old native American. I am not like the most of the others. I am not able to excersise much due to my medical condition. I have had many injuries and have had cardiac bypass surgery in 2007, and a few other surgeries. Around 5:00 A.M. EST. a sharp stabbing pain in the very top of my left foot woke me up. Unlike the others, walking seems to slow and stop the pain, but as soon as I get back in bed the pain is back. Sharp stabbing pain on top of left foot for a second or two every 10 to 30 seconds unrelenting. Thinking it might be cardiac related, I took a nitro pill, but to no avail. I have never had this pain before. Any suggestions are welcomed.





Nov 17, 2016
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Intense pain - GONE!
by: Richard

I'm 65 and healthy. I eat well and exercise regularly. I suddenly started getting a severe pain in the top of my right foot. It would come on suddenly several times a day and would disappear after 1 - 2 minutes. It was like a vice grip on my foot and would force me to limp until I could walk it off but I never got it during the night.

I hadn't changed my shoes or my exercise routine so i wondered if it could be something in my diet. The only new thing that had changed was the addition of blueberries to my breakfast cereal and the pain in my foot started a few days after adding the tasty fruit to my Weetbix. I stopped taking the blueberries and the pain disappeared straight away and I've been pain-free for 3 days.

Oct 28, 2016
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SWEETS AND SUGAR ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND.
by: Ama

SWEETS AND SUGAR ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND.
Same Symptoms like all on this forum and this is why it happened to me.

I am an athletic build 6ft 3inches tall slim like Barak Obama. I went on holiday in August and took advantage of all the deserts on offer and continue to eat loads surgery stuff (cakes, chocolates, biscuits and anything) maybe I consumed my sugar intake for 2 years in 3 months.
Suddenly this pain gripped the top of my foot as described by most and stopped. A week later came back after eating 4 slices of sweet cakes and bang again within an hour.
As advised on this forum, I booked a session with a doctor and advised to take a blood test. Everything was fine but the doctor said my white blood cells were a bit low.
Then I started taking the following.

Vitamin B12
Vitamin E
200mg Ibuprofen for 2 days ONLY
Vitamin C (to help with my immune systems)
STOPPED EATING SUGARY FOODS
More Green tea to DETOX
More Green Vegetables

Not only did I feel better mentally and physically, I have not seen the pain for 3 weeks NOW.

Cut down the sweet things
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I totally agree with you that "sweets and sugar are not your friend", but probably not for the same reasons. Excess sugar in your body has no benefit to your health and in fact is detrimental, but, I am having a hard time correlating the excess sugar to the pain in your foot.
For what it is worth, I think the Ibuprofen and tincture of time, may very well be the reasons your foot stopped hurting.
Keep up the good work (for your body's sake).

Marc Mitnick DPM

Oct 19, 2016
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top of toes pain
by: chris

same symptoms. I first got the pains on the top of my foot while on holiday in the far east, I thought it was sunburn. It re-appeared just on top of my toes on my right foot last night stabbing surface pain every 12 seconds or so (it varies). I get no sympathy as it all looks quite normal.But one just can't sleep waiting for the next pain wave. are there no answers?

Oct 05, 2016
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Intense top of foot pain!
by: Diane

I too have similar symptoms to what so many others here report. 52-year-old fit, active, healthy woman experienced sudden, sharp pain on the top of my left foot. I generally don't wear heels, typically flats at work, and today I was wearing flats when after 9 hours of mostly sedentary desk work--only occasional walking and stairs, I felt excruciating, sharp pain in my foot. It has only gotten worse over the past few hours so I've resorted to ice and Aleve. It has happened rarely on occasion over recent years but I'd love to know the cause and how to avoid future episodes. Thanks to others for sharing!

Oct 03, 2016
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sudden sharp stabbing pain in the top of one foot
by: turbo

I have a sharp electrical pain right where my toes start, I also have a very tender spot on top of my foot, that keeps me from running, I have 500 dollar orthotics that didn't help, podiatrist
says ball of foot is hitting and causing the bones to go up and jam on the top? something like that, I also have a high arch.

Sep 17, 2016
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Same Pain and My Doctor Was No Help
by: Steve

I seem to have the same symptoms as everyone else. Just over three years ago (I was 49 at the time, about 165lbs, and in very good health), I began suffering from a stabbing pain in the center top of my right (and rarely my left) foot. It would come on without warning and was so severe that I was completely incapacitated and could only drop to the floor and grab my foot until the pain subsided.

I described the pain as feeling like someone was stabbing my foot repeatedly with an ice pick. It lasted only about five seconds, but because it was so severe and would come completely out of the blue, it was debilitating. As part of my job, I do presentations and talks for groups. Luckily, it never occurred at those times, but I was continually worried that it would and if it did, I could do nothing but drop and scream.

The pain came on the first time about early February 2013 and I did see my personal care doctor after putting up with about two weeks of it, but he was completely puzzled. An x-ray of my foot was normal and he states that it did not match the symptoms of any common foot conditions. Also, my blood glucose was normal, so it wasn't related to that. He only wrote me a prescription for diclofenac, which did nothing (other than make me dizzy and nauseated).

I began using foam and gel insoles in my shoes in Late March and I thought that solved the problem, because the pain stopped entirely about a week later. I was pain-free until about six months later, when it returned, but it was much milder and less frequent, so I could tolerated it... but just in the last few days, it is back again to the incapacitating degree that it was in 2013, but still less frequent. It does not correlate at all to whether I am walking, sitting, running, resting, sleeping, or wake. It happens completely randomly.

Anyway, if it continues like this for more than a week or two, I will take everyone's advice and get a referral to a podiatrist. I'm just hoping he/she does more than scratch his/her head and write a NSAID prescription.


Aug 15, 2016
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Sharp arch pain
by: Gary

I have suffered from peripheral neuropathy for years, so long, in fact, that I have learned to tolerate the pain. Last night I woke up with a stabbing pain in the arches of my feet, first one then the other, lasting only a second or two, but several per minute.

I was a sleepless night. I couldn't find anything on the internet about this so I don't know how serious it is. Go the emergency or just hope it stops? Appreciate any help.

Aug 11, 2016
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Same
by: Ellen

Same!!! Sharp, stabbing, pain out of nowhere. Not sure what to do about it, and if the podiatrist is the person to go to.
Been happening for months off and on. Who to go to?????
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I may be a little prejudiced here, but a podiatrist is the person to go to. Just make sure you find a good one.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 05, 2016
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SAME!
by: SheaShea

54 y.o. female, 40 lbs overweight, skinny ankles/feet, drink around 1 gallon filtered water daily.

OUT OF THE BLUE my right foot on the top behind toe 4 and about 1 inch back.

sharp, sudden, feels like I'm being stung by a huge hornet or stabbed with a knife, I immediately double over to grab my foot - I start acupressure/deep massage right on the stab, but even then it will continue for up to 30 seconds.

Sometimes it seems like tiny muscles are contracting into a charley horse? but very intense, deep, painful

crazy!

Jul 27, 2016
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re:
by: MR PALEO

Richard, it would appear Quinine water would have the same effect, but please be forewarned, as in this article... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7665718

Jul 25, 2016
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Right foot stabbing sharp pain
by: Richard

I have read most of the comments and the random pain attacks seem to have no connection to resting, sleeping, driving( worst of all), walking, sitting aeroplane, basically it can happen at anytime. It is very intense and totally consumes me and quite dangerous if I am working machinery or driving. The pain is under my right foot and deep inside just above my toe joints where they join my foot . My Doc can't help much but I had a severe attack last night in bed that woke me. My wife who is very concerned for me suggested that I drink SCHWEPPES INDIAN TONIC. WATER , an old remedy for cramps and. BINGO. after about 5 mins the pain eased off to nothing. Never before has anything worked so well, maybe just coincidental but I will be drinking it next time and report in . Richard

Jul 09, 2016
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Try this for relief - stabbing foot pain
by: Teresa

First thank you ALL! Your transparency and suffering made me realise I am not imagining the pain. I genuinely appreciate the costs in terms of time and money and insurance paperwork you have all gone through as well as your taking the time to chronicle your journeys.

Now, everyone, take off your shoes asocks and tell me if your 'index' toes are longer than your big toe and your middle toe. Mine are. And I think this might be part of the problem.

Like almost all of you the pain starts at the top of my arch, feels like an ice pick is being wedged in there and the pain radiates up and to the ankle (I am right handed and right footed and the right foot is the problem). The pain is a recent development and always in my sleep.

Recently I started doing a few things before bed in hopes of sleep.

1. Wash my feet and thoroughky massage them during the washing with the assistance of a pumice stone focusing on acupressure points. Added benefit silky smooth feet.

2. Continue with a softening cream that has arnica as an ingredient.

3. (3) Advil

4. I am taping my index and middle toes together with athletic adhesive tape.

5. A banana before bed.

It's not a 100% "cure" but it feels like it against the previous pain - from about a 14 to less than 1.

The toe taping seems to ease the pressure on the nerve all of you have identified by ever so slightly straightening it out against the shape of my foot.

Good luck. Hope this helps you as much as it has for me.

Jul 09, 2016
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Stabbing exploding pain on big toe & top of feet out of the blue!
by: Kobi

Last nite I was exhausted so I went to bed at 9:00 pm only to have this exploding hot pain start in my right foot big toe & then after 5 second the same excruciating pain on the top of my left foot. I could not rest & finally at 1:30 am I called Telegraph. My nerves very shot at that point. They just advised me to go to a doctor in the morning.. No pain medication seems to knock it down. This pain breaks for 20 seconds or so & then starts all over againso it has gone on until now which is 6:00am. I have no answer & almost feel embarrassed to go to the hospital because it is so strange. Sadly Dr. Google doesn't have any suggestions. I would love to hear from others with this problem.