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Trigger Point Blog — Foot Pain

Trigger Point Therapy - Tibialis Anterior

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Treating Tibialis Anterior Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Treating Ankle Weakness   The tibialis anterior trigger point typically causes pain in the front of the shin, ankle and on the big toe. The pain in the big toe can often be mistaken for gout, and the metabolic condition that causes gout may also irritate the trigger points in the lower leg muscles. In most cases however, these trigger points are related to sports/overuse issues, and are often present in long distance drivers.   Tibialis Anterior - Common Trigger Point Site   [Latin tibia, pipe or ute/shinbone; anterior, before]...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Ankle Sprains

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  What is the Connection Between Ankle Sprains and Trigger Points?   Foot pain, ankle pain, and ankle instability are almost always associated with trigger points  Anyone involved in athletics is particularly susceptible to an ankle sprain - an acute injury to any or all of the ligaments that support the ankle structure. Tearing or stretching of the ligaments can occur when the foot is rolled or twisted forcefully. High-impact sports involving jumping, sprinting or running on changing or uneven surfaces often lead to ankle sprains. Basketball, football, cross country and hockey are a few of the sports commonly associated with...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Deep Muscles of the Foot

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 Treating Plantar Fasciitis - Stuart Hinds   Trigger Points + Cupping   Cupping is a technique adapted from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cupping is often used in conjunction with trigger point therapy, acupuncture or dry needling. Cupping pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing and can be used effectively for stretching tight fascia and muscles.    Deep Muscles of the Foot These comprise: quadratus plantae, adductor hallucis, flexor hallucis brevis, dorsal interossei, plantar interossei.   Quadratus Plantae     Adductor Hallucis     Flexor Hallucis Brevis     Dorsal Interossei (left), Plantar Interossei (right)   Origin Quadratus plantae: medial head—medial surface of calcaneus;...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Superficial Muscles of the Foot

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Abductor Hallucis - Common Trigger Point Sites and Referred Pain Pattern   Foot pain can have a profound impact on quality of life. Half of all adults say that foot pain has restricted their activities—like walking, exercising, working, or playing with grandchildren—in some way. For those with chronic foot pain, that number jumps to 83 percent. People say they would exercise more (39 percent) and participate in more activities (41 percent) if it weren’t for their foot pain. We depend on the superficial muscles of the foot for almost constant functional movement, and sometimes subject them to punishment without too...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Leg and Foot Injuries

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  An overview of leg and foot injuries - Stuart Hinds   Common Leg and Foot Injuries In today's video blog, our Australian colleague and NAT teacher Stuart Hinds provides an overview of the key muscles involved in common leg and foot injuries including plantar fasciitis.   Stuart Hinds Stuart is internationally recognized for his work with Australian Olympic athletes (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012), is a regularly lecturer at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, and has been an NAT presenter since 2011.  Stuart was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the AAMT.   Links Find a Trigger...

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