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Pain on Top of Your Foot

Feeling a sharp pain on the top of your foot during each step can be disconcerting, especially for runners. Unlike more recognizable running injuries, such as plantar fasciitis or shin splints, top-of-foot pain poses a unique challenge for diagnosis. Types of pain on the top of the foot among runners include tendonitis, metatarsal stress fractures, or neuromas. Tendonitis may cause pain near the instep and big toe, and is often accompanied by shin splints. Metatarsal stress fractures, often triggered by sudden increases in training intensity, result in swelling and discomfort over the metatarsal bones. The second and third metatarsals of the foot, which are thinner, and often longer than the first metatarsal, are most prone to stress fractures. This is the area of greatest impact on your foot when you push off to run. Wearing tight footwear can lead to issues like vamp disease or neuromas, resulting in pain or burning sensations that may be relieved by adjusting shoe fit. Regardless of the suspected injury, if the pain persists despite rest, it is suggested that runners consult a podiatrist promptly for an accurate diagnosis and suggested treatment options. 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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