Extensor Digitorum Longus

Extensor Digitorum Longus Muscle

Extensor digitorum longus (often shortened to EDL) is found in the front of the lower leg, in the outer more muscle bound compartment.

Origin - Lateral condyle of the tibia.
Head and anterior surface of the fibula.
Interosseous membrane (between tibia and fibia).

Insertion - Dorsal (top) surface of the middle and end phalanges of the four outer toes.

Actions - Extends toes.
Dorsiflexion.
Eversion.

Innervation - Peroneal (Fibular) nerve.

Daily uses - Walking upstairs and making sure the toes clear the steps.

Example strengthening exercises - Toe raises.

Example stretches - Shin stretch.


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