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Extensor Digitorum Brevis Muscle Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

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Extensor Digitorum Brevis Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Muscle Anatomy of the Extensor Digitorum Brevis

Origin: Anterior, superolateral surface of the calcaneus, in front of the lateral groove for peroneus brevis, from the interosseous talocalcaneal ligament, and from the stem of the inferior extensor retinaculum.
Insertion: Lateral sides of the tendons of extensor digitorum longus for the second, third, and fourth toes.
Actions: Extension of the four lateral toes
Innervation: Deep peroneal nerve (L5, S1)
Blood Supply: Dorsalis pedis artery

Muscle Anatomy: Extensor Digitorum Brevis Actions

Primary Actions of the Extensor Digitorum Brevis:

1. Extension of the second, third, and fourth toes at the proximal interphalangeal joints.


  • Extensor Digitorum Longus


  • Flexor Digitorum Longus
  • Flexor Digitorum Brevis

2. Extension of the second, third, and fourth toes at the distal  interphalangeal  joints.


  • Extensor Digitorum Longus


  • Flexor Digitorum Longus
  • Flexor Digitorum Brevis

3. Assists with extension of the second, third and fourth toes at the metatarsophalangeal joints.

Information about cause and effect of extensor digitorum brevis pain:

Extensor Digitorum Brevis Muscle Pain: Ball of the Foot

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