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Fibularis (peroneus) longus muscle

Fibularis longus muscle (Musculus fibularis longus)

Fibularis (peroneus) longus is a long muscle located superficially in the lateral compartment of the leg, together with the fibularis brevis muscle. Fibularis longus spreads from the proximal aspect of the fibula to the medial cuneiform and the first metatarsal bones. 

It is innervated by the superficial fibular nerve (L5, S1). The main function of this muscle is to produce the plantarflexion and eversion of the foot on the ankle joint. In this article, we will discuss the anatomy and function of the muscle, as well as its clinical relevance. 

Key facts about the fibularis longus muscle
Origin

Head of fibula, proximal 2/3 of lateral surface of fibula, intermuscular septa

Insertion Medial cuneiform bone, metatarsal bone 1
Action

Talocrural joint: Foot plantar flexion;

Subtalar joint: Foot eversion;
Supports longitudinal and transverse arches of foot

Innervation Superficial fibular nerve (L5, S1)
Blood supply Fibular artery

Origin and insertion

The peroneus longus is also known as fibularis longus. It arises from the head, superior two-thirds of the lateral fibular shaft, anterior and posterior crural intermuscular septa and occasionally from the lateral condyle of tibia.

The tendon of the muscle descends down the leg, and runs posterior to the lateral malleolus along with the tendon of the peroneus (fibularis) brevis. These two muscles run within a tunnel in a common synovial sheath covered by the superior fibular retinaculum, and the tendon of fibularis longus is thickened as is passes through.

The tendon of the muscle crosses the lateral side of the cuboid, and then proceeds to run against its inferior surface. It is thickened as it turns laterally against the surface of the cuboid, and is often the site for a sesamoid bone. This groove is converted into a tunnel by the long plantar ligament.

The muscle then continues to run from the lateral side of the cuboid more medially, and inserts onto the lateral surface of the medial cuneiform as well as lateral surface of the first metatarsal. It rarely sends slips to the second metatarsal. Its route along the lateral part of the foot and insertion onto the lateral surfaces of the medial cuneiform and first metatarsal, indicate its functional role in maintaining the transverse arch

Innervation

The superficial fibular nerve, which is a branch of the common fibular nerve (arises from the ventral rami of L4-S3, and is a branch of the sciatic nerve which also arises from the ventral rami of spinal nerves L4-S3) innervates the muscle. It also supplies motor innervation to the fibularis brevis muscle, and sensation to the anterior and lateral surfaces of the leg.

Blood supply

The muscle gets its blood supply from the fibular artery, which is a branch of the posterior tibial artery. The artery in fact runs within the posterior compartment of the leg, but sends perforating arteries through to the lateral compartment.

Function

Functionally, the lateral compartment of the leg causes eversion and plantarflexion of the ankle. Recall that the talocrural joint allows for flexion and extension only, and inversion and eversion in fact occur at the subtalar joint. Muscles that cause inversion include tibialis anterior, and tibialis posterior. The lateral compartment muscles work with tibialis posterior (which is also a plantarflexor) to oppose the actions of the dorsiflexor muscles (tibialis anterior and fibularis tertius).

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