Pain on the top of my foot

I have a pain on the top of my foot near the 4th metatarsal when I walk. It is also associated with what feels like a clicking of the ligament or tendon that is there. When I wear tennis shoes, there is clicking and numbness in that toe. I’m not sure what this could mean.

I have sprained that same ankle 6-7 times in the past two years; I’m not sure if all the damage that was done to that foot could be related to the pain I now have.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Although I have not examined you, it sounds like you may be experiencing neuroma pain. Typically found around the 4th metatarsal or 4th interspace, a neuroma is a swelling or lesion in one of the plantar nerves as it crosses the bottom of the foot.

    When pressure is placed on the nerve, pain, numbness or tingling can radiate down the toe or around the metatarsal. Typically neuromas can flare up do to irritation, inflammation or biomechanics. All of these can be assessed for by your Podiatrist. I would also avoid shoes with a narrow toe-box as this excess pressure will be placed on the neuroma.

    Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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