Pain on the top of the foot: causes
Wearing too-tight shoes or doing excessive exercise can cause a sharp pain on the top of your foot when you walk. You can get a clearer idea of the cause of your pain by looking closely at your symptoms.
- A stress fracture or sprained metatarsal can cause swelling, bruising, or pain that starts after repetitive or intense exercise.
- Osteoarthritis or tendinitis can cause stiffness, swelling, and pain that lasts for a long time. There might be a lump next to a tendon, or you may feel crackling or grating while moving your foot.
- Gout can cause red, swollen, hot skin; severe or sudden pain when you touch your foot; and pain starting from the base of your big toe.