Pictured above is the peroneus brevis muscle. It stabilizes your foot & ankle for balance by pulling the back of the bones that lead to your pinky toe toward your outer ankle bone (everts your foot). It attaches to the lower 1/3 of the outside of your lower leg bone and its tendon runs behind the outside of your ankle and attaches to the bone on the outside of your foot that leads to your pinky toe.
If this muscle locks up your ankle will feel tight and possibly painful along the backside of your ankle and the bottom 1/3 of the outside of your lower leg. Rarely will this muscle lock up without the peroneus longus needing attention too. The soleus muscle ALWAYS needs attention if either of your peroneal muscles are locked up.
The peroneus brevis muscle is displayed on the right leg. On the left leg the muscles are layered, showing how some of the muscles are covered by the others. All of the muscles are see-through so that you can appreciate the location and size of each muscle relative to the others.
Click here for a list of all the muscles.
Muscles that cross or attach to the hip or thigh bone (femur) and attach below the knee joint and DO NOT attach to the knee cap (patella)
The following muscles attach across or below the knee.
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Muscles that cross the knee
Muscles that pass or attach between the knee & ankle
- Peroneus Longus
- Peroneus Brevis
- Flexor Digitorum Longus
- Flexor Hallucis Longus
- Posterior Tibialis
- Anterior Tibialis
- Extensor Digitorum Longus
- Extensor Hallucis Longus
Good luck working out those tight knots.
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