Adductor hallucis muscle

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Geon Oh et al.

The adductor hallucis muscle arises by two heads, an oblique and transverse head. It is responsible for adducting the big toe.


  • origin
    • transverse head: ligaments associated with metatarsophalangeal joints of lateral three toes
    • oblique head: bases of metatarsals II to IV and from sheath covering fibularis longus
  • insertion: lateral side of base of proximal phalanx of great toe
  • action: adducts great toe at metatarsophalangeal joint
  • arterial supplylateral plantar artery
  • innervation: lateral plantar nerve from tibial nerve

Anatomy: Lower limb
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rID: 44461
Section: Anatomy
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