Superficial Peroneal Nerve Entrapment

  • Natalia Murinova
  • Sheila C. ChiuEmail author
  • Daniel Krashin
  • Helen W. Karl


Superficial peroneal nerve entrapment is an uncommon cause of anterolateral leg pain. Patients may have numbness or paresthesias in the distribution of the nerve; there may be a tender bulge approximately 10 cm proximal to the lateral malleolus or tenderness medial to the lateral malleolus. Entrapment may be due to injury, compression, or surgery, and it may present as neuropathic or sympathetic pain.


Superficial peroneal nerve Superficial fibular nerve Compartment syndrome Ankle sprain Ankle fracture 

Supplementary material

Video 68.1

Physical exam of the superficial peroneal nerve (MOV 23006 kb)

Video 68.2

Landmark-guided injection of the superficial peroneal nerve (MOV 24313 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Murinova
    • 1
  • Sheila C. Chiu
    • 2
    Email author
  • Daniel Krashin
    • 3
  • Helen W. Karl
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Headache ClinicUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Pain and Anesthesia and Psychiatry Departments, Chronic Fatigue ClinicUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of Washington, Seattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA

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