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Muscle Pain in the Foot

The abductor hallucis muscle, positioned along the inner border of the foot, is pivotal for big toe movement and upholding the medial longitudinal arch. Yet its pain is often overlooked or misdiagnosed, as it can resemble conditions like plantar fasciitis. Overuse, sudden activity increases, and foot trauma may contribute to abductor hallucis pain. Risk factors such as flat feet, inadequate footwear, and excess weight also make this muscle more vulnerable. People experiencing abductor hallucis pain may notice accompanying symptoms, such as swelling or bruising, especially following traumatic injuries. There may be tenderness when touching the affected area, and they might feel tight bands within the muscle upon palpation. Additionally, muscle tightness can cause sensations of tingling or numbness in the foot. If you have foot pain on the inner part of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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