Abductor digiti minimi muscle of foot

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For the muscle of the hand, see abductor digiti minimi muscle of hand.
Abductor digiti minimi muscle of foot
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First layer of the muscles of the sole (abductor digiti minimi visible at center right).
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Superficial view of the plantar arteries (abductor digiti minimi visible at center right).
Details
Latin Musculus abductor digiti minimi pedis
Plantar aponeurosis
Fifth toe or phalanges
Lateral plantar artery
Lateral plantar nerve
Actions Flexion and abduction of the fifth toe
Flexor digiti minimi brevis muscle
Identifiers
Gray's p.492
Dorlands
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m_22/12548282
TA A04.6.02.062
FMA 37451
Anatomical terms of muscle

The abductor digiti minimi (abductor minimi digiti, abductor digiti quinti) is a muscle which lies along the lateral (outer) border of the foot,[1] and is in relation by its medial margin with the lateral plantar artery, vein and nerves.

It homolog in the arm is the abductor digiti minimi muscle in the hand.

Origin and insertion[edit]

It arises, by a broad origin, from the lateral process of the tuberosity of the calcaneus, from the under surface of the calcaneus between the two processes of the tuberosity, from the forepart of the medial process, from the plantar aponeurosis, and from the intermuscular septum between it and the flexor digitorum brevis.[2]

Its tendon, after gliding over a smooth facet on the under surface of the base of the fifth metatarsal bone, is inserted, with the flexor digiti quinti brevis, into the fibular side of the base of the first phalanx of the fifth toe.[2]

Innervation[edit]

The abductor digiti minimi is innervated by the lateral plantar nerve, a branch of the tibial nerve.

Function[edit]

Its function is flexion[3] and abduction of the fifth (little) toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint.[2][3]

Clinical relevance[edit]

Due to its role in posture during all physical activity while in an upright position, the abductor digiti minimi is often the target of injury. The most common of such injuries occurs mainly in women and is referred to as orteil de belette, commonly known as Weasel Toe.[citation needed]

In case of polydactyly it may insert to the sixth toe instead, if there is one.[citation needed]

Etymology[edit]

The Latin name abductor digiti minimi translates to abductor of the small digit while the alternative name abductor digiti quinti means abductor of fifth digit.

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References[edit]

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ Drake, Richard L.; Vogl, A. Wayne; Mitchell, Adam W. M. (2010). Gray´s Anatomy for Students (2nd ed.). pp. 618–619. ISBN 978-0-443-06952-9. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body". Bartleby.com. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Bojsen-Møller, Finn; Simonsen, Erik B.; Tranum-Jensen, Jørgen (2001). Bevægeapparatets anatomi [Anatomy of the Locomotive Apparatus] (in Danish) (12th ed.). pp. 364–367. ISBN 978-87-628-0307-7. 

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