How to Treat Top of Foot Pain with Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin Part 1
Hi. I’m Larry Huppin. Today we’re going to talk about pain on top of the foot. This is one of the more common things that we treat in our . There’s actually a lot of different causes of pain on top of the foot, but the most common one is a condition called dorsal compression syndrome. Dorsal just means top of the foot. So these patients present with pain in this area, can be sharp, sometimes achy, most of the times it’s worse with activity. This is usually caused by the foot collapsing more than it should. So, if you look at the foot as an arch, whenever that arch goes down, it gets longer on the bottom but on top it get shorter. And all these bones get compressed together, that leads to pain.
So when you look at treating this problem, our primary goal is to stop this from going down and decrease the pressure and compression in this area. You can do that in several ways. Make sure your shoes are stable. Number two use a decent arch support underneath the arch of your foot to stop it from going down. This is a fairly good overthecounter device. If that’s not enough, you can get a custom orthotic. This will conform or at least they should conform much, much closer to the arch of your foot to better stop that foot from going down and do a better job at decompressing this area here. For women, you can even get a smaller device. This one is meant to actually fit into dress shoes and high heels. It bends.
A little bit to fit into a heel. You can find more information on this. You can find detail information on how you can treat this problem either yourself or when you might want to look for professional help on our website. Just do a search for top of foot pain.
KT Tape Pain on Top of Foot
This application is for dorsal, or top of the foot pain. This may be from several causes though here is a technique you can try. Positioning for this technique is actually placing the foot in full plantar flexion (I am just going to use a towel, rolled up) to allow that full motion of the toes pointing down. What I am going to have you do is tear off an Istrip, and tearing off the end of the tape down by the logo to form an anchor take that paper backing off without touching the adhesive on the tape if you can.
And place that as close to the toes as you can. Again, this is with the foot in full plantar flexion or pointing position and from here what you are going to do is take the paper backing off the tape going over the top of the foot laying that down with no stretch. So neither the anchor, or the middle, or the end of the tape has stretch on it, your foot is actually on stretch. Rubbing that tape on just to create a little friction, a little heat, causing that tape to adhere. From here we can take the foot out of this position.
Bring that foot up if you have some wrinkling on the top of the foot of the tape that is actually what we are looking for. Let’s tear a second Istrip off of this roll, and from here what we are going to do is: we are going to tear the paper in the middle. So once the paper is torn in the middle by stretching the tape you are going to evenly put tension on the tape. So using your thumb or forefingers to do that versus pinching the tape and pulling it we want nice even pressure.
Place that fullstretch tape across the top of the foot (full stretch) and go ahead and lay that down ease off the tension once you are to the side of the foot. From here you are going to lay that tape down on the bottom of the foot no tension on these tails, so again just taking the paper off go ahead and rub that on with some paper backing create a little heat, a little friction that’s to cause that tape to adhere better to the skin. That is how you would tape for dorsal, or top of the foot pain.