The feet are surprisingly complex and contain many bones, tendons, and muscles. Because they are also extremely active and responsible for running, walking, and standing, they are prone to injuries and conditions that often initially manifest as pain on top of one or both feet.

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1. Extensor Tendonitis or Osteoarthritis

Because pain in the top of the foot is a potential symptom of many issues, it is important to consider coexisting symptoms to determine the cause. Swelling and stiffness that last for long periods or grating sensations when moving the foot often point to extensor tendonitis or osteoarthritis. These terms describe swelling in the tendon or the joints near the top of the foot.

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