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Lower Leg Muscles

The pain, symptoms and signs of dysfunction in the lower leg muscles. Cause and effect are listed as well as other muscles that may be contributing to your pain.

Popliteus Muscle: Pain in the Back of the Knee

The popliteus muscle can cause and contribute to pain behind the knee. Prime indicators of popliteus dysfunction is an inability to lock the knee and/or you find your pain behind the knee worsens when walking down stairs or an incline. Pain from the popliteus muscle often mimics meniscus and other knee ligament and tendon injury pain.

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Peroneus Tertius Muscle: Low Leg, Ankle, Heel Pain

The peroneus tertius muscle can cause and contribute to pain in the lower leg bend where the leg, ankle and foot connect. Pain is often felt on the outside of the heel. If your ankles are weak and have a tendency to buckle, you should check this muscle for trigger points and tightness. A classic sign of peroneus tertius dysfunction is pain worsens with each step.

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Soleus Muscle: Heel, Ankle, Calf, Knee, Low Back Pain

The soleus muscle can cause and contribute to pain in the heel, ankle and back of the knee. It can also cause pain in the low back on the same side of the affected leg. Dysfunction of the soleus muscle can also contribute to swelling in the foot and ankle. Occasionally a trigger point the bottom and outside of the muscle can contribute to pain in the jaw and side of the head.

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Tibialis Posterior Muscle: Lower Leg, Heel and Foot Pain

The tibialis posterior muscle can cause and contribute to pain in the lower leg just above the heel. This pain will often extend into the heel and the bottom of the foot. Pain will sometimes extend up into the lower calf. If you have fallen arches, you should check the tibialis posterior for trigger points and tightness because dysfunction of this muscle will allow your ankles to collapse inward.

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