Muscles of the Hips and Legs
Action Muscle Origin Insertion
Muscles that Move the Thigh
Flexors Iliopsoas ilium femur
Extensors Gluteus Maximus ilium, crest femur, gluteal
Abductors Gluteus Medius ilium, crest femur, greater
  Tensor Fasciae Latae ilium, crest iliotibial
Adductors Adductor Longus pubis, inferior femur, linea
Muscles that Move the Lower Leg
Flexors Biceps Femoris ischium femur fibula tibia
(Hamstrings) Semitendinosus ischium, tuber. tibia, post.
  Semimembranosus ischium, tuber. tibia, post
Extensors Rectus Femoris ilium, ant. inf. tibia, tuber.
(Quadriceps) Vastus Lateralis femur, linea prox. tibia, tuber.
  Vastus Medialis femur, linea tibia, tuber.
Muscles that Move the Ankle
Dorsiflexors Tibialis anterior tibia, lateral 1st metatarsal
Plantar flexors Gastrocnemius femur calcaneus
Muscles that Move the Toes
Extensors Extensor Digitorum Longus tibia fibula, ant. 2-5 phalanges
Flexors Flexor Digitorum Longus tibia, post. med. 2-5 phalanges

 

David G. Ward, Ph.D.  Last modified by wardd 23 May, 2006