In today’s muscle of the day we have one of the deep calf structures that is really important in the motion we talked about yesterday called dorsiflexion.
The muscle is the Flexor Hallucis Longus. It starts on the outside lower part of the leg and goes all the way down towards the Achilles tendon and takes a medial turn to connect on the bottom of the big toe.
Its job is very important for stability to the foot, movement of the ankle and overall function in the critical motion of what we called dorsiflexion.
Adhesion in this muscle is very common in people with any of the following injuries:
Low back pain
This muscle usually gets pretty beat up in regimens of a lot of standing, running, jumping and squatting.
It is a huge force producer in any of the motions and usually won't be the one to cause the symptoms when there is a problem, but often is the main culprit in a lot of lower body dysfunction in the kinetic chain.
Treatment of adhesion in this muscle is very successful and can restore normal range of motion back to the ankle joint, which in turn will allow for better function up the entire leg.
So if you are suffering from low back pain, knee pain or hip pain when running, squatting or jumping it might be time to take a look at this muscle.