What pain and symptoms are associated with the Extensor Hallucis Longus muscle?
Pain in the top of the feet by the toes
- Difficulty raising the foot
- Numbness in the top of the foot
- Pain in the big toe
- Foot cramps
- Pain can travel up to the ankle, which is described to feel like bone pain
- Contributes to the development of hammer toe and claw toe
Where is the extensor hallucis longus muscle?
- Extensor Hallucis Longus attaches to the small bone of the lower leg and descends down to connect to the bones of the big toe.
What movements do the Extensor Hallucis Longus control?
- Bends the big toe up
- Bend the foot by the ankle up toward the front of the body
- Assists to turn the sole of the foot inward, toward the other foot
- Assists to maintain balance
Activities that cause extensor hallucis longus muscle pain and symptoms:
- Stubbing the toes
- Kicking a ball
- Pedaling a bike
- Climbing stairs
- Inactivity of the lower leg due to a cast
Interesting facts about the Extensor Hallucis Longus muscles:
If allowed to remain chronically tight, the long extensor of the toes can lead to hammer toe and claw toes. Permanent deformity of the toes can result if the muscles are not treated.
Clinical diagnoses to which the extensor hallucis longus muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Hammer toes or claw toes
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the extensor hallucis longus muscles:
For Anatomy Information See: Extensor Hallucis Muscle Anatomy
Help with Extensor Hallucis Longus Muscle Pain
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 and works for relieving tightness and pain. Applying Sombra to the muscles on the inside and front of the leg, down to the top of the foot to the big toe can help reduce pain and tightness caused by the extensor hallucis longus muscle. I recommend Sombra for chronic pain and pain from arthritis.
Cold Therapy Gel For Lower Leg Injury and Pain
Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel and I recommend it for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries. It is better to use than warm therapy gels and creams for muscle pain caused by inflammation as it cools the area much like ice. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. If your low leg and foot pain is from a recent injury I would recommend Biofreeze.
Hot / Cold Wrap For Shin Splints and Lower Leg Injury and Pain
If you have chronic pain from an old injury or participate in activities that strain the lower leg muscles the Thera Pearl Shin Hot & Cold Wrap can be used to apply heat or as an ice pack. It works on the shin or the calf wrapping around the leg with two Velcro band closures. The packs can be stored in the freezer for cold therapy or popped in the microwave for heat. Use this on the extensor hallucis longus muscle to ease pain in the front lower leg as well as the pain in the ankle and top of the foot.
Lower Leg Calf Muscle Brace and Support
The Shock Doctor Calf Shin Wrap is an adjustable wrap that provides support for the low leg muscles. It can be used for shin splints as well as sore strained or sprained lower leg muscles. The brace provides compression and heat to help relax the muscle and improve mobility. Use this brace if you need more support after injury or need adjustable compression for chronic pain support. If you suspect or have ever been treated for blood clots consult your doctor before using compression or supports on your legs!
Compression for Lower Leg Muscle Strain, Pain and Recovery
The graduated compression socks have become a go-to for both amateur and professional athletes for lower leg, ankle and foot injury recovery. Graduated compression helps relieve pain from muscle stiffness and soreness as well as discouraging inflammation. The socks wickable fabric keeps skin dry and DryStat technology inhibits the growth of odor causing microbes. The over the calf style works very well for extensor hallucis longus muscle recovery as the sock will cover the entire muscle. If you suspect or have been treated for blood clots, consult with a doctor before using compression on the lower legs.
Self Treatment For Shin Splints and Low Leg Pain
Do you know that knots and other dysfunction in the extensor hallucis longus muscle contributes to pain in the lower leg going into the foot and big toe?
If you have shin splints, low leg, ankle, and foot pain, I recommend that you purchase Claire Davies The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief Mr. Davies explain 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. If you suffer with unresolved lower leg, shin splints, and foot pain I highly recommend this book. 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. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and self-treating muscle pain.