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Causes of Pain on Top of the Foot New York, NY
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Pain on the top of the foot may develop suddenly or result from an injury. You may experience discomfort or difficulty waking and running. In many cases, this type of pain will resolve within a few days without the need for treatment. When symptoms persist, you can seek help from a qualified podiatrist in NYC.

At his New York offices, Stuart J. Mogul, DPM, FACFAS can identify the cause of your pain and provide relief. There are several conditions and injuries that cause pain that presents in the top of the foot. Once the underlying cause is established, your treatment can begin.

Extensor Tendonitis

Extensor tendonitis (extensor tendinopathy) is pain that comes on gradually and affects the top of the foot. This condition is often caused by inflammation or degeneration of the extensor tendon, due to overuse. When rest does not result in relief, book an appointment with Stuart J. Mogul.

Metatarsal Stress Fracture

This type of pain develops in the mid or front area of the foot. You may have suffered a small fracture in one of your metatarsal bones, resulting in pain that worsens over time. Effective treatment is available from Stuart J. Mogul in NYC.

Navicular Stress Fracture

Overuse can result in the navicular bone suffering a stress fracture. These tarsal bones are located in the middle of the foot. Symptoms include a dull ache that gets worse when walking or exercising. Seeking diagnosis and treatment is recommended to repair the damage.

Midtarsal Joint Sprain

Ligaments are responsible for connecting tarsal bones in the middle of the foot. When these ligaments suffer sprains or tears, several symptoms can develop. In most cases, pain is experienced middle of the foot. Swelling that is localized around the top of the foot may also indicate a midtarsal joint sprain.

Lisfranc’s Injury

A Lisfranc’s Injury is a rare occurrence in the middle of the foot. However, this condition can lead to further joint health concerns if not treated. If you are suffering from undiagnosed foot pain, reach out to our clinic in NYC today.

To explore other possible causes for pain the top of the foot, book an appointment with Stuart J. Mogul.

Posted on behalf of Stuart J. Mogul DPM, FACFAS

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