Pain on top of foot

I recently started having pain on the top of my foot when walking. The pain is mostly between the big and second toes and runs from the second toe down the top of my foot towards my ankle. It hurts only when walking (when actually bending my foot to take a step). If I press on the area between my big and second toes(about an inch from the toe joint) it feels like it’s bruised. There is no swelling or discoloration. Occasionally I also get pain on the side of my leg (between shin and calf) when walking.

I wear custom orthotics to treat a collapsing arch. The orthotic is only about 6 months old. I usually wear running shoes which are about 3 months old. The pain started while I was sick and not exercising. Any thoughts on what this could be?
Thank you,

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Although many types of foot pain are related to overuse or overactivity – there are types of foot pain that can be related to inactivity or weak muscles. Without examining I cannot fully say what may be causing your pain, however I would start by ensuring the muscles and soft tissue of your feet are flexible. Daily calf stretching is important to maintain adequate ankle mobility.

    Daily plantar foot massage, with golf balls, tennis balls or a product called Yamuna Foot Walkers ( is important to keeping the small muscles of the foot flexible. In addition, ensuring adequate footwear or orthotics is important. Your orthotics are only 6 months old, so they should still be good. Most orthotics can last patients several years. If your pain persists I recommend seeing a podiatrist who can better evaluate you.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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