Anterior ankle tendons (mnemonic)

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 3 Aug 2021

A mnemonic that refers to the order of the anterior ankle tendons around the ankle is:

  • Tom Hates Dick

The mnemonic can be used to remember the order of the tendons from medial to lateral as they pass under the extensor retinaculum of the ankle


History and etymology

The phrase Tom, Dick and Harry was in common usage in the early 19th century 1.

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: ankle tendons: topographic anatomy
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  • Figure 2: ankle tendons (Gray's illustrations)
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