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General Anatomy > Muscles; Muscular system > Muscles of lower limb > Muscles > Extensor hallucis brevis



Origin: Dorsal surface of calcaneus

Insertion: Proximal phalanx of big toe.

Nerve: Lateral terminal branch of deep fibular nerve (proximal sciatic branches S1,S2). Same innervation of Extensor Digitorum Brevis

Action: Extends the big toe.

The extensor hallucis brevis is essentially the medial part of the extensor digitorum brevis muscle. Some anatomists have debated whether these two muscles are distinct entities. The extensor hallucis brevis arises from the calcaneus and inserts on the proximal phalanx of the digit 1 (the big toe).

This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from


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