The Tibialis Anterior is part of a group of muscles in the front part of the leg. It begins from under the knee joint and goes all the way down to the foot, ending at the side of the foot.
The name comes from the latin Tibia, referring to the shin bone. It is one of the most used muscles of the body and helps with many of the everyday functions such as walking, running, squatting and any of the movements that have to do with flexing the foot.
The tibialis anterior is the muscle that helps lift the foot up from the ground and prevents the foot from hitting the ground on its way down, following the heel.
There are multiple ways in which you can hurt, damage and strain the tibialis anterior. The most common are by getting directly hit in the area, spraining your ankle, driving for long distances, walking or running on uneven surfaces and even by wearing the wrong pair of shoes.
The most common injury to the tibialis anterior is tendonitis, inflammation of the area. It can go as far as a tear in the muscle though it is rare.
There are various symptoms to look out for such as pain at the top of the foot, ankle pain, difficulty in pulling your foot upwards, pain while walking or running, swelling of the foot or the shin.
Strengthening the tibialis anterior could help reduce ankle injury and prevent future pain to the area. There are a number of exercises and stretch movements that can be done in order to strengthen the area. Ankle mobility movements are another way to help keep the tibialis anterior in good condition. Massage techniques and stretching of the area are a great and important way to help relieve pain.