Flexor Hallucis Brevis Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Muscle Anatomy of the Flexor Hallucis Brevis

Origin: Lateral head: medial part of the plantar surface of the cuboid, posterior to the groove for the peroneus longus tendon, and from the adjacent part of the lateral cuneiform.
Medial Head: a deep attachment that is continuous with the lateral division of the tendon of tibialis posterior, and a more superficial attachment to the middle band of the medial intermuscular septum of the foot.
Insertion: The medial and lateral side of the base of the first phalanx of the great toe.
Actions: Flexion of the great toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint
Innervation: Medial plantar nerve (S1, S2).
Blood Supply: Branches from the posterior tibial artery

Muscle Anatomy: Flexor Hallucis Brevis Actions

Primary Actions of the Flexor Hallucis Brevis

1. Flexion of the great toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint


  • Flexor Hallucis Longus


  • Extensor Hallucis Longus
  • Extensor Hallucis Brevis

Secondary Actions of the Flexor Hallucis Brevis:

1. Supports the medial longitudinal arch of the foot



Information about cause and effect of  flexor hallucis brevis pain:

Flexor Hallucis Brevis Muscle: Foot and Big Toe Pain

Anatomy Coloring Book

The Anatomy Coloring Book is one of the best study and reference books for beginning anatomy students. The diagrams are clearly labeled and allow you to see the relationship and placement of the various structures of the body. You will also be surprised how the act of coloring will help with recall. But this is not just a beginners book, it is also great for practitioners and therapists to have on hand to use with clients and patients to use as a visual reference.

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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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