Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle: Heel and Ankle Pain

What pain and symptoms are associated with the abductor digiti minimi muscle?

Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle Pain

Pain on the outside of the heel going up toward the ankle are signs of abductor digiti minimi muscle dysfunction.

  • Pain on the outside of the heel
  • Pain in the outside ankle
  • Pain often feels like an ankle sprain
  • Deep aching pain is often felt at rest

Where is the abductor digiti minimi muscle?

The abductor digiti minimi attaches to one of the bones of the little toe runs down the outside of the bottom of the foot and connects to the heel.

What movements does the abductor digiti minimi control?

  • Moves the little toe away from other toes
  • Bends the little toe down

Activities that cause abductor digiti minimi muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Walking or running on uneven ground
  • High heels
  • Shoes that are too small
  • Weak Ankles

Clinical diagnoses to which the abductor digiti minimi muscle symptoms may contribute:

The abductor digiti minimi muscle is a muscle found on the outside of the foot.

You use the abductor digit minimi muscle when you move your little toe toward the other toes and bend the little toe downward.

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Callus or corns
  • Strain/Sprain
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Dislocation/Subluxation of the 5th metatarsal
  • Bruise of the 5th metatarsal

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the abductor digiti minimi muscle:

  • Flexor Digiti Minimi
  • Quadratus Plantae
  • Interossei Muscles

For Anatomy Information See: Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Help with Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle Foot and Heel Pain

Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain On The Outside of the Foot and Heel

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injury Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relieve for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for over use injuries. Cold therapy should be used on new and recent injuries instead of heat as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. For abductor digiti minimi foot pain, rub Biofreeze on the outside bottom of the foot from the arch down to the heel.


For both hot and cold therapy for the foot and ankle

Foot Wrap For Hot / Cold Treatment and Compression

It is important that immediately after an injury you apply cold treatment and compression to reduce pain and swelling. The ActiveWrap Foot and Ankle Wrap is a great choice for both cold and hot treatments. The wrap has two gel packs that can be used for either hot or cold treatment. The adjustable Velcro closures can be adjusted for comfortable fit. The wrap without the inserts can be worn for both support and compression in the early injury phase. For cold treatment use with BioFreeze for more and longer lasting pain relief.

Warm Therapy for Post Injury Pain and Arthritis Foot Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and professionally in my massage therapy practice. It provides warmth without burning heat unlike other heating creams and gels. It works well for post injury pain and stiffness as well as chronic arthritis pain as it can be applied several times a day. Apply Sombra to the top of the foot to relieve abductor digiti minimi  muscle pain. NOTE: Do not use Sombra Warming Gel when using ice packs or heat packs as there is a risk of blistering the skin. For the most effective treatment, apply after using heat to prolong the treatment and pain relief.


The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.

Self Treatment Help For Abductor Digiti Minimi Pain

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief can help you treat foot pain by teaching you the techniques to find and eliminate trigger points Author Clair Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language. But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain, how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body.If you are suffering from pain in the top of the foot, treating the trigger points in the abductor digiti minimi muscles of the foot can help reduce or eliminate you pain. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.

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