Ankle Pain Treatment Cairns Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendinopathy Treatment Cairns

Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) Tendinopathy treatment Cairns is provided by the professional team at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. What is FHL Tendinopathy? Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) is a muscle in your lower leg that is primarily focused on flexing the big toe and plantar-flexing the ankle (points toes to ground) while walking/running. The muscle belly is located in the deep compartments of your leg and its tendon runs past your inside ankle bone and inserts onto the base of the big toe. Occasionally, this muscle/tendon can be over-worked and begins to degenerate. This is known as Flexor Hallucis Tendinopathy (degeneration) and that’s when you need to seek Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) Tendinopathy treatment Cairns. Clinical features of the condition include; medial ankle pain, pain while standing on toes and pain with flexion of the big toe.

How Did I Get FHL tendinopathy?

  • Over-use (especially ballet dancers)
  • Toe-griping
  • Poor footwear
  • Poor biomechanics
  • Direct trauma
  • Sudden increase in activity

How is FHL tendinopathy diagnosed?

Prior to commencing any Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) Tendinopathy Cairns treatment, we will complete a thorough history/clinical examination – this is generally sufficient to correctly diagnose FHL Tendinopathy. Occasionally an Ultrasound or MRI may be requested, in order to confirm the diagnosis or to rule out further pathology.

Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) Tendinopathy, Cairns Treatment Options

There are range of ankle pain Cairns treatment options available. These include but are not limited to the following.

  • Rest, ice, compression
  • Modified activities/levels
  • Stretching/strengthening
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Cairns Custom orthotics
  • Footwear advice
  • Dry needling
  • Surgery

FHL tendinopathy - Prognosis

Providing the patient/s provides complete compliance in accordance with our Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan, resolution is often achieved with the conservative treatments listed above. Surgery is rarely recommended as a part of our Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan and is the last resort for chronic/non-responsive cases.


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