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a b 20. FIBULARIS LONGUS The bularis longus has three interesting aspects to it. First, along with the tibialis anterior, these two muscles comprise the stirrup muscles because they wrap around the foot in such a manner that they form a stirrup that supports the foot. Second, even though the bularis longus is a muscle of the lateral compartment of the leg, it attaches to the medial side of the foot; it arrives at the medial foot by passing through the deep layer (layer IV ) of the plantar side of the foot. Another cool thing about the bularis longus is that it used 106 m a s s a g e & b o d y wo r k s e p te m b e r/o c to b e r 2 0 2 2 2nd, 3rd, and 4th dorsal interossei pedis 1st and 2nd plantar interosseus 3rd plantar interosseus Flexor digiti minimi pedis Base of 5th metatarsal Fibularis longus tendon Fibularis longus Cuboid 1st dorsal interosseus pedis Adductor hallucis Flexor hallucis brevis 1st metatarsal Tibialis anterior tendon Navicular Tibialis posterior tendon Flexor digitorum longus tendon (cut) Flexor hallucis longus tendon (cut) to be called the peroneus longus. Its name was changed at an anatomy congress in 1999 because the Latin root for lateral leg, bularis, is easier for English speakers to learn than the Greek root, peroneus. So, there you have it—20 muscles that have all earned their place on my cool muscles list. Dr. Joe Muscolino has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 35 years. He has created several online streaming subscription platforms for manual therapy continuing education, including LearnMuscles Continuing Education (LMCE) with more than 3,000 video lessons and more than 300 hours of NCBTMB credit. He has also created Muscle Anatomy Master Class (MAMC), Bone and Joint Anatomy Master Class (BAJAMC), Visceral Anatomy Master Class (VMC), and Kinesiology Master Class (KMC). And he is the author of multiple textbooks with Elsevier; and has authored more than 90 articles. For more information on any of Dr. Joe's content, visit learnmuscles.com. To contact Dr. Joe directly, you can reach him at joseph.e.muscolino@gmail.com. Fibularis longus: A stirrup muscle of the lateral leg that passes through the deep myofascial layer of the foot to arrive at its attachment on the medial side of the foot. a) Lateral view of the leg. b) Plantar view of the foot. 20

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