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Lateral plantar nerve

Other Terms: External plantar nerve, Nervus plantaris lateralis, Nerf plantaire latéral


The lateral plantar nerve is the smaller of the two branches off the tibial nerve. It travels with the lateral plantar artery to the lateral side of the foot. In the interval between the flexor digitorum brevis and the abductor digiti minimi it divides into a superficial and deep branch. It supplies the quadratus plantae, flexor digiti minimi brevis, the lateral 3 lumbricals, adductor hallucis, and the abductor digiti minimi. It also supplies the skin of the lateral half of the fourth toe and the fifth toe. It is similar to the ulnar nerve of the hand.


Nervus plantaris lateralis


Nerf plantaire latéral


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