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Your Pain in the Front Half of the Foot May Also be Known as:
Aches and pains in my front of foot
Front of foot ache
Front of foot discomfort
Front of foot hurts
Front of foot pain
Front of foot soreness
Painful front of foot
Sore front of foot

Top 3 Pain in the Front Half of the Foot Causes

  1. 1.Jones Fracture (Broken Foot)

    A Jones Fracture is a fracture of a bone on the outside of the foot (called the fifth metatarsal). A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that develops with time), or a sudden break due to trauma. This can result in pain, swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot.

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care today. Until then, the RICE method of care should be performed: rest (stay off the injured foot), ice (apply an ice pack to injured area), compression (an elastic wrap to control swelling), and elevation (raising the foot slightly above the level of the heart to reduce swelling). A doctor may perform a X-ray and put a cast or splint on the foot.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, foot bruise, foot injury
    Symptoms that always occur with jones fracture (broken foot):
    foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, constant foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain in the outside of the foot
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  2. 2.Charcot Arthropathy of the Foot

    Charcot Arthropathy of the foot is a syndrome where patients with numbness of their feet, which can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions such as diabetes, develop weakening of the bones in the foot and ankle. Thus they may have fractures and dislocations of the bones and joints that occur with little trauma.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment usually involves a protective split, walking brace, or cast.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, painful foot swelling, constant foot swelling, pain in one foot, warm red foot swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with charcot arthropathy of the foot:
    warm red foot swelling, constant foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Freiberg Disease

    Freiberg Disease is a rare condition caused by the death of a bone in the foot. There is no real explanation as to why it happens, but it may be related to the divide between bone and cartilage in a growing bone.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can look at the foot and determine if imaging is needed to confirm diagnosis. Treatment starts with rest to see if that allows healing. A cast may be needed in severe cases, and Ibuprofen can help with pain.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain when touching the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with freiberg disease:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain when touching the foot
    Symptoms that never occur with freiberg disease:
    difficulty moving the ankle
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Front Half of the Foot

  • Q.Is your foot pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your foot pain?
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:

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Pain in the Front Half of the Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the front half of the foot have also experienced:

    • 9% Tingling Foot
    • 9% Pain in the Top of the Foot
    • 6% Foot Numbness
  • People who have experienced pain in the front half of the foot had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in the front half of the foot were most often matched with:

    • 3% Jones Fracture (Broken Foot)

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