Pictured above is the anterior tibialis muscle. It stabilizes your foot & ankle for balance by rotating your foot inward (inverting your foot) and pulling the inside arch of your foot toward the front of your shin. It attaches to the most of the front of your lower leg bone from just below your knee, and its tendon runs in front of the inside of your ankle and attaches to one of the bones in the inside of the arch of the foot.
If this muscle locks up it will feel tight and possibly painful along the front of your lower leg. Rarely will this muscle lock up without the deeper toe extensor muscles needing attention too. The soleus muscle ALWAYS needs attention if your anterior tibialis or the extensor muscles are locked up, and your toe flexors will also likely need some TLC on the back of your lower leg deeper than the soleus.
The anterior tibialis muscle is displayed on the right leg along with the shin muscles in the same area. On the left leg the muscles located in the front of your shin are layered, showing how some of the muscles are covered by the others, along with the relevant muscles in the back & of your calves and the muscles in the arch of your foot. 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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