It is possible to develop arthritis on the top of the foot. This condition, commonly referred to as mid-foot arthritis, is characterized by physical discomfort on the foot's surface after an extended walk, states Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.
The small joints of the foot, including the mid-foot joints, are a common site for arthritic pain. Major forms of arthritis that trigger joint inflammation, pain and stiffness in the mid-foot include post-traumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Post-traumatic arthritis results from injuries to the mid-foot joints, such as sprains, dislocations and fractures. Osteoarthritis is a progressive deterioration of the joints due to wear and tear. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder of the immune system wherein immune cells adversely attack the membranous tissue that protects the joints. As of 2015, the underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis remains unknown, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.