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What is an Abductor Hallucis Strain?


Abductor hallucis strain is an injury to the abductor hallucis muscle, which is a muscle located in the foot that helps to move the big toe away from the midline of the body (abduction). This muscle also helps to stabilize the foot and maintain balance while walking or standing.

Symptoms of abductor hallucis strain may include:

  • Pain in the foot, especially when moving the big toe

  • Swelling in the foot

  • Difficulty walking or standing due to pain

  • Bruising in the foot

Treatment for abductor hallucis strain typically involves rest, ice, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscle. You can also try the following self-care measures at home to help relieve pain and promote healing:

  • Rest the affected foot as much as possible and avoid activities that cause pain or strain on the muscle.

  • Apply ice to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day, to reduce swelling and inflammation.

  • Take over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to help relieve pain.

  • Elevate the affected foot above the level of your heart to help reduce swelling.

  • Wear shoes that provide ample support and cushioning to help reduce strain on the muscle.

If the pain is severe or does not improve with self-care measures, it is important to consult a podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. A podiatrist may recommend exercises or other treatments to help speed up the healing process.

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