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Foot Muscle Tendinopathy

Foot Muscle Tendinopathy is a condition where pain emanates from one of the main tendons in the foot, the Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL). 

What is Foot Muscle Tendinopathy?

Foot Muscle Tendinopathy is a condition where inflammation or swelling occurs to the sheath through which the FHL tendon passes. The pain is usually in one of three areas:

  1. The back of the ankle
  2. Under your mid-foot
  3. Under the base of your big toe

Foot Muscle Tendinopathy

Signs and Symptoms of Foot Muscle Tendinopathy

Symptoms of Foot Muscle Tendinopathy include:

  • Gradual onset of pain
  • Dull pain turning to sharp pain when forefoot pushes off ground 
  • Pain along length of FHL tendon
  • Swelling at rear or inside of ankle
  • Occasional clicking at back or inside ankle
  • Pain with movement of big toe
  • Potential locking or catching of big toe

Causes of Foot Muscle Tendinopathy

Foot Muscle Tendinopathy is an overload or overuse injury, and occur due to activities such as running, hopping, jumping or rising onto the toes. Other risk factors include:

  • Poor foot or ankle control
  • Tight or weak musculature in the foot and leg
  • Incorrect training technique
  • Previous injury
  • Fatigue
  • Inadequate warm up/cool down

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