The flexor digitorum longus muscle can cause and contribute to pain in the foot that radiates into the back of the leg. It can contribute to the development of hammertoe and claw toe.
The flexor hallucis longus can cause and contribute to pain in the big toe and ball of the foot. A classic sign of flexor hallucis longus dysfunction is numbness on the bottom of the big toe.
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 flexor digitorum brevis muscle is located on the bottom of the foot. It can cause a sharp stabbing pain in the ball of the foot that becomes a deep ache when resting.
The plantaris muscle is a very small muscle located behind the knee. It contributes to pain behind the knee and is occasionally involved in cramps in the calf.
The extensor digitorum brevis muscle can cause pain it the top of the foot. It is also a contributor to hammer toe and claw toe.
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 flexor hallucis brevis muscle contributes to pain on the bottom of the foot, just under the big toe. It can also be a factor in plantar fasciitis, hammer toe, turf toe and gout.
The adductor hallucis muscle contributes to pain in the ball of the foot just under the toes. It can be a primary contributor to plantar fasciitis.
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 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. The 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.
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.
The quadratus plantae is a primary contributor to plantar fasciitis and calcaneal compartment syndrome. Pain is felt in the heel.