Abductor Digiti Minimi Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Muscle Anatomy of the Abductor Digiti Minimi

Origin: Medial and lateral tubercles of the calcaneus, the plantar aponeurosis and the intermuscular septum between it and flexor digitorum brevis
Insertion: Lateral side of the base of the proximal phalanx of the fifth toe
Action: Abduction of the fifth toe, assists with flexion of the fifth toe
Innervation: Lateral plantar nerve (S1, 2, 3)
Blood Supply: Lateral plantar artery

Muscle Anatomy: Abductor Digiti Minimi Actions

Primary Actions of the Abductor Digiti Minimi

1. Abduction of the fifth toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint


  • None


  • Third Plantar Interosseous

Secondary Actions of the Abductor Digiti Minimi:

1. Assists with flexion of the fifth toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint


  • Flexor Digitorum Brevis
  • Flexor Digitorum Longus
  • Third Plantar Interosseous


  • Extensor Digitorum Longus


Information about cause and effect of abductor digiti minimi muscle pain:

Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle: Heel and Ankle Pain

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Donna Martin

Massage Therapist Owner: thewellnessdigest.com Twelve years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, post injury pain, and post surgery pain. Muscle dysfunction is often overlooked but can hold the key to many pain conditions.

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