Do you know that an average person walks up to 10,000 steps per day? If you didn’t realize that, it is understandable because you don’t normally count your steps. You will only know that you have probably walked a lot if you start to feel some pain in your feet.
Pain in the foot can be mild to severe. In many instances, the pain is manageable, allowing you to still go on with your daily routine. However, in some cases, the pain could also be severe, making it difficult to stand or walk. I experienced having a very painful foot and I did have a hard time walking. I can barely lift my foot another step.
Perhaps many of you have also experienced suffering from painful feet. The most common of which is with pain on top of foot. Some have intermittent cases while others are chronic and regularly occurring.
Our feet are one part of the body that is more susceptible to pain. As soon as we wake up, we use it to stand up, walk, run, climb and do many other daily routines. They support the weight of our entire body, act as shock absorbers, keep our body balanced and propel our body to move. With such important tasks that they do, it is just normal that they will also feel weak, weary or painful.
Aside from the natural tendency of our feet to be painful after a tiring day, there are many other reasons why you could experience pain on top of foot. One of the most common causes is stress fracture. Fractures could be due to weak muscles, repetitive movements, arthritis, injury and improper bone alignment. People with tendonitis, arthritis, and diabetes are also more prone to pain on top of foot. Among women, pregnancy and hormonal imbalance are common causes. Other reasons why a person could experience pain on top of the foot include bone spurs, entrapment of nerve, strain, sprain, aging and improper footwear.
When to consult a doctor?
If your pain on top of foot is recurring or you have been feeling it for several days already, it is time that you should consult a doctor. This is especially true if you are also experiencing other symptoms such as tenderness or warmth on the affected area, swelling, redness, difficulty in standing or walking, and pain that worsens every day. Having any of these symptoms may indicate a more serious health condition. Diagnosing your problem and treating it as early as possible are important to prevent your condition from getting worse.
Your doctor will normally conduct a visual and physical exam of the affected foot. You may also be asked some questions regarding your medical history. In some instances, your doctor may recommend you to have an X-ray, MRI or bone scan for proper diagnosis.
Many people experience top of foot pain for various reasons. But for whatever reason it may be, you should consult your doctor immediately if the pain becomes severe or is recurring.