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.
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.