The extensor digitorum longus muscle is situated along the outside of the lower leg, just behind the tibialis anterior. It comes from close to the midline of the tibia and the shaft of the fibula. Its tendon divides into four parts as it passes over the front of the ankle. These parts continue over the surface of the foot and attach to the four smaller toes. The actions of this muscle include dorsiflexion of the foot, eversion of the foot, and extension of the toes.