Upper Foot Pain


Upper Foot Pain

This commonly occurs at the 1st Metatarsal Cuneiform joint, although it can occur at other joints on top of the foot as well. It manifests as acute or chronic pain on the top of the foot, which can occur in the mornings and as the day, wears on depending on how long one is on their feet.

It manifests as a bony enlargement on the top of the foot that occurs as a consequence of a biomechanical force leading to joint space narrowing and osteoarthritic changes. The body lays down extra bone as a response to this stress, eventually creating a bump.

Feet that pronate, or high arches that are dropping can lead to the joint space narrowing of the 1st and 2nd Metatarsal Cuneiform spaces leading to the osteoarthritic adaptations. The cause of the pronation is unique to the foot type and the people’s calf flexibility.

Treatment involves identifying the cause of the dropping arches…anti-Inflammatories may assist, although the biomechanics of the problem needs to be sorted out to reduce the stress on the joint.
Stretching calves, mobilising feet, insoles and orthotics may be necessary.
Foot mobilisation, a manipulative technique can reduce pain through improving the joint spaces and mobility of the foot.