Adductor Hallucis Pain Pattern

Adductor Hallucis Muscle: Trigger Point Pain

The adductor hallucis is located on the bottom of the foot under the toes. It contributes to pain under the toes and the ball of the foot that goes down into the arch.


Adductor Hallucis Muscle

Where Is The Adductor Hallucis Muscle?

The adductor hallucis is a two-headed muscle located on the bottom of the foot.
The oblique head attaches the metatarsal bones of the second, third, and fourth toes, as well as cuboid bone, lateral cuneiform bone, tendon of fibularis longus in the foot. The muscle connects to the proximal phalanx of the big toe.

The transverse head runs across the foot under the toes. It connect to ligaments of the third, fourth, and fifth toes. The muscle connects to the big toe.

What Movements Does It Control?

  • Moves the big toe in toward the other toes
  • Assists in bending the big toe downward

Adductor Hallucis Muscles Trigger Points Symptoms:

  • Pain in the ball of the foot just under the four small toes
  • A feeling of numbness in the ball of the foot that may go down into the arch
  • Pain intensifies while walking and standing

TWD Recommends

Yoga Toes Gems are highly recommended for anyone dealing with foot and/or lower leg pain. The separators not only stretch the muscles of the feet, but also many muscles of the lower leg. Used regularly, Yoga Toes do help straighten and align your toes. They can also be helpful for some cases of bunions, hammer toes, and claw toes. It can also help with cases of plantar fasciitis. I prefer the Yoga Toes Gems because they are more supple, comfortable, and easier to use. To increase therapeutic treatment relax while wearing Yoga Toes and then use the massage balls (below) to further massage and relax the muscles of your feet.

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Activities that cause adductor hallucis muscle pain:

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

Adductor Hallucis Trigger Point Treatment

The adductor hallucis trigger points are easily self-treated. Using hard rubber balls like the Flex Fixx Massage Balls, you simply roll the ball with your foot. Concentrate on the area under the toes, the ball of the foot, and the arch of the foot. The most effective treatment plan is several treatments lasting 1-2 minutes spread throughout the day. Start with light pressure gradually increasing as you can tolerate.

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook  is recommended if you would like to learn how to treat trigger point muscle pain throughout your body. The book thoroughly explains trigger points, their cause and effects, and best of all, teaches you how to treat them. It is a book TWD highly recommends.

TWD Recommends

The NatraCure Cold/Hot Therapy Wrap is just the right size to use on the bottom of your foot. You can use cold therapy throughout the day to reduce the sharp stabbing pains during the day. At night you can use it for heat therapy to ease the pain so you can rest.

The wrap is made of neoprene with a velcro closure that allows you to adjust compression. The wrap can also be used for the ankle, wrist, elbow and other areas of the body.

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

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Hallux valgus
  • Bone spurs
  • Gout


Other muscles that should be considered and examined:

  • Flexor Digitorum Brevis

Satellite trigger points associated with the adductor hallucis muscle:

Trigger points in the muscle will cause TrPs to develop in other muscles. These are known as satellite trigger points. You will need to check these muscles for additional TrPs:

  • Flexor Hallucis Brevis
  • Quadratus Plantae
  • Lumbricals
  • Flexor Digiti Minimi Brevis
  • Interossei


Sombra Warm Therapy Gel is recommended for relaxing muscles and relieving pain. It warms without the burning heat of other gels. An excellent choice for pain caused by trigger points, muscle/joint over-use and stiffness, and arthritis. If you have reoccurring leg or foot cramps you should keep Somba on hand, it provides almost instant relief. (Not sold in stores)

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain-relieving gel recommend 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. If your pain is from a recent injury use Biofreeze. It is excellent to use on sprains, strained and sore muscles.