compartments of the lower leg

compartments of the lower leg

intramuscular divisions within the lower leg; anterior, lateral, deep posterior and superficial posterior compartments - each separated by fascial and/or osseous boundaries (Figure 1; see Table 1)
Figure 1: Compartments of the right lower leg. This article was published in Neale's Disorders of the Foot, Lorimer, French, O'Donnell, Burrow, Wall, Copyright Elsevier, (2006).
Table 1: Osteofascial compartments of the lower leg
CompartmentMuscle bellies contained within the osteofascial compartment
LateralPeroneus longus
Peroneus brevis
AnteriorTibialis anterior
Extensor hallucis longus
Extensor digitorum longus
Peroneus tertius
Superficial posteriorGastrocnemius
Soleus
Plantaris
Intermediate posteriorFlexor hallucis longus
Flexor digitorum longus
Deep posteriorTibialis posterior