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Anat Cell Biol. 2019 Mar;52(1):87-89. doi: 10.5115/acb.2019.52.1.87. Epub 2019 Mar 29.

Superficial course of the medial plantar nerve: case report.

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Department of Anatomy, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Anatomy, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.


The medial and lateral plantar nerves are branched from the tibial nerve and move to the tip of the toes. A variation of medial plantar nerve was found on the left side of a 78-year-old Korean male cadaver. The tibial nerve was divided into the lateral and medial plantar nerves beneath the plantar flexor. The medial plantar nerve passed deep to plantar aponeurosis and superficial to the flexor digitorum brevis. It gave off a common plantar digital nerve and then divided into three proper plantar digital nerves near the metatarsal bases. In this article, we report a superficial course of the medial plantar nerve and describe its unique morphology and discuss the clinical significance of this variation.


Abductor hallucis muscle; Flexor digitorum brevis; Medial plantar nerve; Tibial nerve; Variation

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