10 Causes of Upper Foot Pain and Some Solutions

Why Does My Upper Foot Hurt?

Upper foot pain can seriously inhibit your day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, more Americans experience this pain than one might think. Obviously, your feet are one of the body parts that experience the most wear and tear. Here are 10 common causes and solutions for your upper foot pain.

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Cuboid Syndrome

What does “Cuboid” Mean?

The cuboid is a small bone in the foot. It is located on the middle-outer edge closest to the small toe and attached to the calcaneus, AKA the heel bone. It is the only bone linking the straight, front half of the foot with the arched part of the foot and is therefore fundamental to maintaining stability. It also assists with supination and pronation (outward and inward rolling of the foot, respectively.)

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Haglund’s Deformity

What is Haglund's Deformity?

Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement of the back of the heel bone that’s also known as “pump bump” because of the pump-style shoes that many women wear. The rigid backs of these shoes often create pressure that can lead to pain and irritation of the heel, and women who wear pumps are the most common suffers of this specific medical condition.

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Os Trigonum Syndrome

What is the os trigonum?

The os trigonum is a tiny, additional bone in the foot. It is found on the back of the ankle and is a result of incomplete bone/ankle formation. During childhood, a part of the ankle joint called the talus bone is attached to the os trigonum by fibers. As the child grows and develops, the talus bone normally fuses with the os trigonum to create a small lump. In 3-15% of the population, however, the bones fail to fuse together and the os trigonum remains its own entity.

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