Flexor Digitorum Brevis

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Flexor Digitorum Brevis is the central muscle of the superficial layer of the plantar foot muscles.[1] It lies in the middle of the sole, immediately superior to the plantar aponeurosis and inferior to the tendon of Flexor Digitorum Longus.[2]

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The Flexor Digitorum Brevis muscle originates from the medial process of calcaneal tuberosity and the central part of the plantar aponeurosis.[3]


It inserts on the middle phalanges of the lateral four toes by a tendon to each toe.[3]


Flexor Digitorum Brevis is supplied by the medial plantar nerve (S1 & S2), which is a terminal branch of the tibial nerve.[4]


The Flexor Digitorum Brevis is supplied by the medial and lateral plantar arteries.[3]


Flexor Digitorum Brevis plantarflexes the four lateral toes at the proximal interphalangeal joint.[2]

Clinical relevance

As an intrinsic muscle of the foot, the Flexor Digitorum Brevis plays an important role in stabilising the longitudinal arch of the foot.[4]


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