Pain in the foot can be felt either on top, bottom, or sides of the foot. There are many muscles that contribute to foot pain. A general complaint in this area is achy feet and tenderness to the smaller muscles of the foot.
Muscle knots in the muscle on the outside of the shinbone can cause pain in the big toe and pain on the top of the foot. Other symptoms may include a feeling of drop foot, pain when moving the ankle and turf toe. Muscle knots controlling toe movements can cause pain in the toes and on the bottom of the toes.
The muscle located on the outside of the shin bone is responsible for pulling your toes towards the body and inverting the foot or bringing the arch of the foot upwards toward the body. Muscle knots in this muscle can cause pain in the big toe. Another common complaint caused by tightness in this muscle is shin splints. It is not shin splints, but a tight muscle that is often mistaken for shin splints. Most people will find relief by using the Tiger Tail to roll out and stretch the muscle.
Muscle knots in the calf muscles can lead to pain in the Achilles Tendon. Muscle knots in the Tibialis Posterior can cause pain directly above the heel bone or what is known as the Achilles Tendon. This pain or discomfort will also be felt in the sole and/or arch of the foot.
You may feel achy feet, night cramps, pain at the bottom of foot, Achilles tendonitis, heel pain. All of these can be caused by hyperpronation, wearing shoes that are too tight, worn out shoes, muscle overload, uneven walking or running surfaces,
The following are the most common referred pain in the foot:
The black dots in the illustration refer to muscle knots, which consist of tight and contracted muscle fibers. Rub the muscle knot to allow blood and oxygen to circulate freely to that muscle area. A muscle knot can be actively painful, or you might not even know it exists until you put pressure on it. But make no mistake, when you press on one with just the right amount of pressure, it can make you laugh and cry at the same time because it can “hurt so good”. Press too hard and it can make you cry for mercy.
The red area in the illustration refers to the “referred pain” – meaning, the pain you feel is often not in the location of your trigger point until you press on it. This means that the bottom of your foot might hurt, but the trigger point is in your calf. If you gently rub the muscle knot you may feel tenderness in both the muscle and the muscle knot. Sometimes, the referred pain symptoms are able to be reproduced when pressure is applied to the muscle knot.