Adductor Hallucis Muscle: Foot Pain

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

Pain pattern of the adductor hallucis muscle

Pain felt in the ball of the foot extending toward the top of the arch can be a sign of adductor hallucis dysfunction.

  • Pain in the ball of the foot just under the toes extending down into the top of the arch

Where is the adductor hallucis muscle?

The adductor hallucis is on the bottom of the foot and divides into two heads. The first head runs across the bottom of the foot below the four small toes.  The second head attaches to a bone of the lower big toe and connects to a bone in front of the heel.

What movements does the adductor hallucis control?

  • Moves the big toe in toward the other toes

Activities that cause adductor hallucis muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Walking or running on uneven ground
  • High heels
  • Shoes that are too small
  • Wearing a cast for an extended period of time

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

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Injured sesamoid bone
  • Hallux valgus
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Foot trauma or Sprain/Strain injury
  • Bone spurs
  • Gout



The adductor hallucis muscle can be found in the bottom of the foot.

You use the adductor hallucis muscle when you move the big toe in toward the other toes.

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

  • Flexor Digitorum Brevis

Satellite Trigger Points: Deep Intrinsic muscles of the foot

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

Help with Adductor Hallucis Ball Of The Foot Pain


Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain In The Ball Of The Foot

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 adductor hallucis pain in the bottom of the foot , rub Biofreeze on the bottom of the foot, from under the toes and cover the ball of the foot down into the arch.


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 for adductor 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.


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

Self Treatment Help For Adductor 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 ball of the foot, treating the trigger points in the adductor 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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