Toe Articulations

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Metatarsophalangeal

Flexion

Bending the joint resulting in a decrease of angle; moving the base of the toes toward the sole of the foot at the ball of the forefoot.
  • Flexor digitorum brevis
  • Lumbricales
  • Interossei
  • Flexor hallucis brevis
  • Flexor digitorum brevis
  • Flexor hallucis longus
  • Flexor digiti minimi brevis
  • Flexor digitorum longus
  • Quadratus plantae
 

Extension / Hyperextension

Straightening the joint resulting in an increase of angle; moving the base of the toes toward the top of the foot at the ball of the forefoot.
  • Extensor hallucis longus
  • Extensor digitorum
  • Extensor digitorum brevis
 

Abduction

Lateral movement away from the axial line; movement of the toes away from the second toe.
  • Abductor hallucis
  • Abductor digiti minimi
  • Dorsal interossei
 

Adduction

Medial movement toward the axial line; movement of the toes toward the second toe.
  • Adductor hallucis
  • Plantar interossei
 

Interphalangeal

Flexion

Bending the joint resulting in a decrease of angle; curling toes toward sole of foot.
  • Flexor hallucis longus
  • Flexor digitorum longus
  • Flexor digitorum brevis
  • Quadratus plantae
 

Extension

Straightening the joint resulting in an increase of angle; straightening toes.
  • Extensor hallucis longus
  • Extensor digitorum longus
  • Extensor digitorum brevis
 

Notes

Metatarsophalangeal can circumduct. Also see Ankle and Foot.


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