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Soleus muscle

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The soleus muscle is one of the calf muscles (triceps surae) in the superficial posterior compartment of the leg which sits deep to gastrocnemius. It is much bigger than gastrocnemius and is the primary plantar flexor.


Variant anatomy

Accessory soleus muscle is an anatomical variant characterized by an additional distinct muscle encountered along a normal soleus muscle. Its prevalence varies from 0.7% to 5.5%, and it most commonly occurs as a unilateral finding 3.

Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 6025
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Soleus

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Cases and figures

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  • Figure 3: Lower leg axial section - Gray's anatomy illustration
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