Posterior tibial veins

Last revised by Daniel MacManus on 22 Mar 2021

The posterior tibial veins drain the posterior compartment of the leg, ankle joint and plantar surface of the foot. They are formed from a confluence of the medial and lateral plantar veins of the foot and follow the posterior tibial artery along its course, accompanying it in the tarsal tunnel

They receive tributaries from the peroneal veins, the calf muscles (especially from the venous plexus in the soleus) and from superficial veins. They join the anterior tibial veins to form the popliteal vein and enter the popliteal fossa.

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