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VOLUME 18 , ISSUE 1 ( January-April, 2023 ) > List of Articles


Tibialis Posterior Tendon Transfer for the Management of Foot Drop

Neil Eisenstein, Ben Fisher, Selvadurai Nayagam

Keywords : Ankle, Compartment syndromes, Peroneal neuropathies, Tendon transfer

Citation Information : Eisenstein N, Fisher B, Nayagam S. Tibialis Posterior Tendon Transfer for the Management of Foot Drop. 2023; 18 (1):56-62.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10080-1583

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 31-05-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


The transfer of a normal tibialis posterior through the interosseous membrane to the dorsum of the foot can restore active ankle dorsiflexion where this has been lost from common peroneal injury, anterior compartment muscle loss, or in some neurological conditions. An appraisal of the indications, planning, and a step-by-step description is provided.

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