Anterior compartment of leg
|Anterior compartment of leg|
Cross-section through middle of leg. Anterior compartment is shown right to the tibia.
Dissection video (2 min 44 s)
|Artery||anterior tibial artery|
|Nerve||deep fibular nerve|
|Latin||Compartimentum cruris anterius|
The anterior compartment of the leg is a fascial compartment of the lower limb. It contains muscles that produce dorsiflexion and participate in inversion and eversion of the foot, as well as vascular and nervous elements including the anterior tibial artery and veins, and the deep fibular nerve.
The muscles of the compartment are:
- tibialis anterior
- extensor hallucis longus
- extensor digitorum longus
- fibularis tertius (peroneus tertius)
Innervation and blood supply
Blood for the compartment is supplied by the anterior tibial artery, which runs between the tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum longus muscles. When the artery crosses the flexor retinaculum, it changes its name to dorsalis pedis artery.
Notes and references
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