Extensor hallucis brevis muscle

The extensor hallucis brevis is a muscle on the top of the foot that helps to extend the big toe.

Extensor hallucis brevis
Muscles of the front of the leg. (Ext. hallucis brevis colored in red.)
Insertionproximal phalanx of digit 1 (hallux, or the great toe)
Arterydorsalis pedis artery
Nervedeep fibular nerve
ActionsExtend hallux
AntagonistFlexor hallucis brevis muscle
Latinmusculus extensor hallucis brevis
Anatomical terms of muscle


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).

Nerve supply

Nerve supplied by lateral terminal branch of Deep Peroneal Nerve (deep fibular nerve) (proximal sciatic branches S1, S2). Same innervation of Extensor Digitorum Brevis


The extensor hallucis brevis helps to extend the big toe.

See also

Additional Images

  • Anatomy figure: 16:03-05 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Dorsum of the foot showing the tendons that cross the ankle joint."
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