Popliteus muscle

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 02 Aug 2021

The popliteus is the smallest and most superior muscle of the deep posterior compartment of the leg.

Summary

  • origin: lateral femoral condyle
  • insertion: posterior surface of proximal tibia
  • action
    • stabilizes knee joint (resists lateral rotation of tibia on femur)
    • unlocks knee joint (laterally rotates femur on fixed tibia)
  • arterial supplypopliteal artery
  • innervationtibial nerve

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: knee ligaments (Gray's illustrations)
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