Plantaris

- Anatomy:
    - origin: the inferior aspect of the lateral prolongation of the linea aspera and from the
         oblique popliteal ligament of the knee joint;
    - insertion: the medial posterior part of the calcaneus, via achilles tendon;
    - action: plantar flexes the foot at the ankle, flexes the leg at the knee
    - nerve Supply: branch of the tibial nerve, L4, L5, S1;

- Graft Harvest:
    - most often the graft is harvested from a small incision over the medial Achilles tendon;
    - Brand tendon harvester is used to release the tendon proximally at the myotendinous junction;
    - finging the tendon may be easier by looking more proximally, betweent the soleus and the gastrocnemius muscles;
            - often the tendon will be hidden in the under surface of the gastronemius tendon


The plantaris tendon. a narrative review focusing on anatomical features and clinical importance

Surgical Availability of the plantaris tendon.



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Monday, October 10, 2016 5:17 am