The muscles that move the thigh are attached to the femur and to some part of the pelvic girdle. Those attached anteriorly primarily act to flex the thigh at the hip, whereas those attached posteriorly act to extend, abduct, or rotate the thigh.
The muscles that move the leg connect the tibia or fibula to the femur or to the pelvic girdle. They function to flex or extend the leg at the knee. Other muscles, located in the leg, act to move the foot.
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