Abductor Hallucis Muscle: Foot and Ankle Pain

What pain and symptoms are associated with the abductor hallucis muscle?

Abductor Hallucis Pain Pattern

Pain on the inside heel and ankle that cause you to limp may be a sign of abductor hallucis muscle dysfunction.

  • Pain on the inside of the heel
  • Pain in the inside ankle
  • Pain will often cause a limp

Where is the abductor hallucis muscle?

The abductor hallucis attaches to one of the bones of the big toe and runs down the inside of the bottom of the foot and connects to the heel.

What movements does the abductor hallucis control?

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

Activities that cause abductor hallucis muscle pain and symptoms:

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

Interesting facts about the abductor hallucis muscle:

Trigger points and muscle dysfunction in the abductor hallucis muscle can contribute to plantar fascitis and bone spurs.

Clinical diagnoses to which the abductor hallucis muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone Spur
  • Flat Feet
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s foot syndrome
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Sprain/Strain
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome



The abductor hallucis muscle is located in the foot.

You use the abductor hallucis to move the big toe away from the other toes and to bend the big toe downward.

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

  • Soleus
  • Gastrocnemius
  • Peroneal Muscles
  • Long Flexor Muscles of the Toe
  • Long Extensor Muscles of the Toe

Satellite Trigger Points: Gastrocnemius, Deep intrinsic foot muscles

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

Help with Abductor Hallucis and Bottom Of The Foot Heel and Ankle Pain


Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain In The Foot, Heel and Ankle

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 hallucis pain, rub Biofreeze on the bottom of the inside foot, from the arch including the heel and up into the ankle .


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 bottom of the foot including the heel up toward the inside ankle for abductor hallucis 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.



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.



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

Self Treatment Help For Abductor Hallucis Muscle 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 bottom and arch of the foot including the heel that radiates up toward the ankle,  treating the trigger points in the abductor hallucis muscle 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.

Trigger Point Tools To Treat The Bottom Of The Foot

TheracaneIf you are limber and can easily bend your knees to have access to the bottom of you foot, then you can probably use your fingers and thumbs for the treatment described in The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. If you think you may need help here are a couple of tools to help you. The Thera Cane is my first choice of purchase with the workbook for two reasons: First, you can easily reach the bottom of your feet without the need to bend or contort your body to do so. Secondly, once you understand trigger points, you will find that you will want to treat other muscles and you may need help accessing the muscles. The Thera Cane allows you to easily treat all muscles of the body, including back muscles. If you have weak or arthritic hands, the you may need a tool to help you use and hold the pressure required for trigger point treatment. If you are buying the workbook, the Thera Cane is worth the investment!


knobble-p If you are limber but have issues with pain in your hands, The Knobble works great to treat muscles in the sole of the foot. It is easily gripped and the point is nicely rounded to apply even pressure with out feeling sharp and pokey. The Knobble will also help you treat many other points throughout the body with the exception of muscles located in the back. A great tool for runners who treat foot and leg trigger points on a regular basis.


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