Tibialis anterior tendon rupture

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


An opponent stepped on the patient's dorsiflexed foot in a soccer game. Weakened and painful dorsiflexion of the foot. Palpable mass at the anterior ankle joint.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Male

Complete rupture of the anterior tibialis tendon with retraction of the proximal tendon end.

Case Discussion

In complete ruptures, a mass may be seen or felt, which corresponds to the proximal tendon end, that is typically retracted to the level of the oblique superomedial limb of the inferior extensor retinaculum1.

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Case information

rID: 14764
Published: 27th Aug 2011
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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