For citation purposes: Asp R, Marsland D, Elliot RR. The superficial peroneal nerve: A review of its anatomy and surgical relevance. OA Anatomy 2014 Mar 15;2(1):6.

Review

 
Clinical Anatomy

The superficial peroneal nerve: A review of its anatomy and surgical relevance.

A Asp, D Marsland, R Elliot
 

Authors affiliations

(1) Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

(2) North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, United Kingdom

* Corresponding author Email: danielmarsland@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

Introduction

The superficial peroneal nerve gives motor supply to the lateral lower leg muscle compartment and innervates the dorsolateral aspect of the ankle and foot. The current article reviews the anatomy and surgical relevance of the superficial peroneal nerve with regards to common orthopaedic lower limb procedures.

Conclusion

Evidence shows the anatomy of this nerve can be highly variable. Knowledge of the differing course of the superficial peroneal nerve is essential to reduce the risk of iatrogenic injury during orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery.

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