Posterior ankle tendons (mnemonic)

Mnemonics that can be used to remember the anatomy of the ankle tendons from anterior to posterior as they pass posteriorly to the medial malleolus under the flexor retinaculum in the tarsal tunnel include:

  • Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Tom, Dick And Very Nervous Harry


Tom, Dick and Harry
Tom, Dick And Very Nervous Harry

An extension of the above mnemonic to include the positon of the neurovascular bundle.

History and etymology

Tom, Dick and Harry were the names of the three tunnels dug in the Great Escape.

Lower limb anatomy
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Article Information

rID: 10235
System: Musculoskeletal
Sections: Mnemonics, Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Tom, Dick and very nervous Harry
  • Tarsal tunnel contents (mnemonic)

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