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Why is the top of my left foot swollen?

The top of my left foot, right before my toes, is swollen. It doesn't hurt unless I put some pressure on it. I'm also pretty sure that I didn't bump it on everything. What could be the cause?

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Are your socks too tight? Or shoes too tight? Sometimes we have swelling to our feet but the socks are shoes are snug enough that the fluid finds the path of least resistance and will go where it can. Sometimes swelling can also mean a potential start of a stress fracture to an area as well. I would see a podiatrist to have this checked out.
You might have a stress fracture
There are many possible reasons for swelling on the top of your foot. These include malfunction of the veins in your foot or leg, and injuries such as a stress fracture. It would be best to have your foot checked out by a podiatrist.

Kathleen Neuhoff, DPM 

Maybe a stress fracture. Not enough information.
There are multiple causes for swelling in this area. A stress fracture in the metatarsal bone would need to be ruled out for sure. A stress fracture is not from trauma. They occur with just normal walking and standing. I recommend seeing your doctor to have this foot x-rayed.
Depending on the history and physical exam, a variety of pathologies could make the foot swollen outside of Trauma such as stress fracture, neuritis, metatarsalgia, capsulitis, acute Charcot if diabetic. Let us assume you are young and healthy however at work you tend to stand on your feet a lot on concrete or hard surface, or you are very athletic, or in active military then you most likely have a stress fracture (2nd metatarsal most common) which won't show up on X Ray until about 3-4 weeks after the onset of symptoms. Stress fracture is also seen in post menopausal women.
You may have a stress fracture, nerve entrapment or infection you should see your podiatrist ASAP
Go get an X-ray. Maybe a stress fracture
If it is in the joint, it could be acute arthritis. If it is slightly further back on the foot, it could be a stress fracture or an insect bite.
Swelling can be called by many different things. This could also represent a stress fracture. Stress fractures do not require any trauma, but can occur due to excess stress walking or exercise. Would recommend an X-ray.

Jonathan M. Kletz, DPM
My first concern is a stress fracture. Go see your podiatrist and get X-rays.
Hello and thank you for your question. If you are experiencing pain and swelling along the metatarsal heads without a history of trauma the most probable diagnosis is either capsulitis (swelling in the joint) or a stress fracture which is an overuse injury that I commonly see in private practice. I would f/u with a medical specialist and get x-rays. In the meantime I recommend RICE, anti-inflammatories and stiff soled shoes. Good luck to you and thank you again for the inquiry.

A stress fracture is a differential diagnosis and a common one. You would need a set of x-rays to evaluate for a fracture.

Dr. Lui
It could be a stress fracture.
There are many causes for swelling. In a specific area, it is likely a collection of inflammation in the joint and/or the metatarsal head. This can occur from repetitive stress to the same area or a biomechanical mal-aligment of the foot. It is recommended to have a specialist evaluate it to rule out a stress fracture.
You may have inflamed the joint lining or may have a stress fracture. It's better to have this properly evaluated to get it to heal as soon as possible.
It could really be a number of things, a stress fracture, a traumatic fracture, a sprain, a cyst. Without seeing it, examining it and taking an X-ray there’s really not telling what it is that could be causing the swelling. I’d say go to a doctor just in case, if something is fractured or sprained if left untreated it can cause problems down the road.
If you have changed your activity, this can cause swelling. I recommend rest and elevation for now, but you should also make an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon to determine the appropriate cause and treatment plan
There are many reasons for swelling, including injury, infection, stress fractures, and circulatory problems. The most common circulatory problem causing that type of swelling is Venous Insufficiency (commonly thought of as 'fluid retention'). There is no way to tell what is wrong without an examination