Lateral plantar nerve

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Lateral plantar nerve
The plantar nerves.
Diagram of the segmental distribution of the cutaneous nerves of the sole of the foot.
Latin Nervus plantaris lateralis
Innervates sole, abductor digiti minimi muscle (foot), quadratus plantae
Tibial nerve
Gray's p.963
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The lateral plantar nerve (external plantar nerve) is a branch of the tibial nerve, in turn a branch of the sciatic nerve and supplies the skin of the fifth toe and lateral half of the fourth, as well as most of the deep muscles, its distribution being similar to that of the ulnar nerve in the hand.

It passes obliquely forward with the lateral plantar artery to the lateral side of the foot, lying between the flexor digitorum brevis and Quadratus plantae and, in the interval between the former muscle and the abductor digiti minimi, divides into a superficial and a deep branch. Before its division, it supplies the quadratus plantae and abductor digiti minimi. It divides into deep and superficial branches.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

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