Origin

Middle facet of the lateral surface of the lateral femoral condyle

Insertion

Posterior tibia under the tibial condyles

Action(s)

Medial rotation and flexion of knee

Nerve Supply

Tibial nerve

Arterial Supply

Popliteal artery

Physical Exam

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Disease States

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Discussion

Variations:

Additional head from the sesamoid bone in the outer head of the Gastrocnemius.

Popliteus minor, rare, origin from femur on the inner side of the Plantaris, insertion into the posterior ligament of the knee-joint.

Peroneotibialis, 14% of population. Origin is inner side of the head of the fibula, insertion into the upper end of the oblique line of the tibia, it lies beneath the Popliteus.

Trigger points:

A popliteus shortened by trigger points can cause pain near its tendinous origin at the lateral knee.

Figures

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Credits:

From Wikipedia:
Popliteus

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