The extensor hallucis longus muscle contributes to and can cause pain and/or numbness in the top of the foot, pain in the big toe, and foot cramps at night. It is a contributor to hammertoe and claw toes.
The extensor digitorum longus contributes to pain in the top of the foot. It contributes to hammertoe, claw toe, and foot drop.
The abductor hallucis muscle is located on the bottom of the foot. It can cause pain in the ankle and heel. There is a deep aching pain in the heel and ankle when trying to rest.
The tibialis anterior can cause and contribute to pain in the big toe, the ankle and shine, and contributes to a weak ankle. It is also a contributor to shin splints and foot drop.
The piriformis muscle contributes to pain in the low back, buttocks, hip, and hip joint, pelvic area, and pain down the back of the thigh.
The peroneus longus and peroneus brevis contribute to pain on the outside of the ankle, the foot, and pain in the lower leg just below the knee. The muscles are contributors to weak ankles and foot drop.
The gluteus minimus muscle can contribute to pain in the buttocks, hip, thigh, calf and ankle. Glute minimus dysfunction makes it difficult to cross legs.
The gastrocnemius muscle is a prime contributor to pain in the back of the knee. It can contribute to lower leg, ankle, and arch 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.
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 at the bottom and outside of the muscle can contribute to pain in the jaw and side of the head.
The abductor digiti minimi muscle can cause ankle pain that is similar to a sprained ankle. Pain is felt on the outside of the heel and ankle.