Extensor digitorum brevis muscle

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Extensor digitorum brevis muscle
The mucous sheaths of the tendons around the ankle. Lateral aspect. (Extensor dig. brevis labeled at upper right.)
Latin musculus extensor digitorum brevis
Gray's subject #131 490
Origin calcaneus
Insertion    toes
Nerve: deep peroneal nerve
Action: extends digits 2 through 4
Antagonist: Flexor digitorum longus, Flexor digitorum brevis

The extensor digitorum brevis muscle is a muscle on the upper surface of the foot that helps extend digits 2 through 4.


The extensor digitorum brevis is found on the back of the foot. It arises with the extensor hallucis brevis muscle from the calcaneus bone; many consider these two muscles are a single common muscle.

The extensor digitorum brevis divides into three tendons, which insert on the second, third, and fourth middle phalanges.


The extensor digitorum brevis is innervated by the deep fibular nerve (deep peroneal nerve).


The extensor digitorum brevis help to extend the toes to which it attaches.

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