Flexor Hallucis Brevis Pain

Flexor Hallucis Brevis Muscle: Trigger Point Pain

Trigger points the flexor hallucis brevis cause pain in the bottom of the foot below the big toe traveling down into the ball of the foot.

The pain is most noticeable while walking and standing. Once your weight is off your feet, the pain significantly lessens.


Flexor Hallucis Brevis Muscle

Where Is The Flexor Hallucis Brevis Muscle?

The flexor hallucis brevis is a two headed muscle. The muscle attaches to a tendon toward the bottom of the arch of the foot and continues up the foot becoming two heads at the bottom of the big toe. Each head connects to the big toe, one toward the inside of the toe, one toward the outside.

What Movements Does It Control?

Bends big toe downward

For detailed anatomy information:  Flexor Hallucis Brevis Muscle Anatomy:

Flexor Hallucis Brevis Muscles Trigger Points Symptoms:

  • Pain in the ball of the foot extending into the big toe
  • Difficulty and pain when walking
  • Deformed toes
  • Pain lessens when you are not on your feet

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Activities that cause flexor hallucis brevis muscle pain:

  • Second toe is longer than other toes, including the big toe
  • Walking or running on uneven ground
  • Walking, standing or running on hard surfaces
  • Walking in high heels
  • Shoes that are too small

Flexor Hallucis Brevis Trigger Point Treatment

Trigger points in the flexor hallucis brevis muscle are easy to treat with massage balls. Simply put the ball on the floor and roll it with your foot, concentrating on the area under the big toe.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook is highly recommended if you are interested in learning about muscle pain and how to treat it. The book explains what causes trigger points to develop, how to find them in muscles, and most importantly, how to treat them. It is an excellent book to have on hand.

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Massage balls can be used to relieve tension in many areas of the body and are exceptionally effective for your feet. The Flex Fixx Massage Ball Set includes a smooth ball and two spiked balls which will give you maximum treatment for various aches and pains in your feet. The balls are sturdy and can deliver very firm pressure. The set comes with instructions and exercises. Rolling your feet takes just a few minutes each day and can deliver excellent results for both foot and lower leg pain.

How Long Before I Feel A Reduction In Pain?

If your pain is due to trigger points, you will feel some relief after the first treatment. Rolling the area several times a day for a minute or so provides the most effective treatment.

Interesting facts:

Morton’s foot syndrome is when the second toe is longer than the first or big toe. The syndrome can cause trigger points to develop in the flexor hallucis brevis muscle.

Clinical diagnoses to which the flexor hallucis brevis muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar wart
  • Hammer toe
  • Turf Toe
  • Gout
  • Bunions
  • Corns


Other muscles that should be considered and examined:

  • Flexor Hallucis Longus


Satellite trigger points associated with the flexor hallucis brevis muscle:

If you have trigger points in the flexor  hallucis brevis it is likely you will find trigger points in other muscles. These are known as satellite trigger points. Be sure and check these muscles:

  • Quadratus Plantae
  • Lumbricals
  • Flexor Hallucis Brevis
  • Adductor Hallucis
  • 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)

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