Interossi Muscles of Foot – Image from University of Michigan Medical School
A client with a diagnosis of capsulitis in his left second metatarsal-phlageal joint presented with constant nagging pain when walking or standing. I worked on his foot, relaxing and stretching the interosseous muscles – the muscles between the metatarsal bones of the foot. My thought process on this was that if I could get those muscles to relax and to open up the space between the bones, some of the tension in the foot would be resolved and the ligaments would have a chance to have a bit more breathing room and heal.
Client reported eliminated pain more than one week later following treatment. Recommended to client a protocol of self-massage and stretching of the affected region of the foot for continued maintenance, and periodic massage sessions to continue to improve and reduce foot pain.