Full Tibialis Anterior Muscle Description
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The tibialis anterior functions as a dorsiflexor of the foot by pulling the top, or dorsum, of the foot towards the shin. Dorsiflexion results in the lifting of the toes off the ground, which is an important motion during walking and running to prevent tripping over one’s toes. The tibialis anterior also provides a slight inversion of the foot by pulling the plantar surface of the foot toward the body’s midline. This motion is important in balancing the body’s weight on the foot during locomotion or standing, and is especially important when standing on one foot.
Prepared by Tim Taylor, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor