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The following electronic only articles are published in conjunction with this issue of BJSM

Lateral plantar nerve injury following steroid injection for plantar fasciitis

M D Snow, J Reading, R Dalal

A 41 year old man presented with pain and numbness affecting the lateral aspect of his foot after a steroid injection for plantar fasciitis. Examination confirmed numbness and motor impairment of the lateral plantar nerve. The findings were confirmed by electromyographic studies. The anatomy of the lateral plantar nerve and correct technique for injection to treat plantar fasciitis are discussed.

(Br J Sports Med 2005;39:e41)

Popliteus tendon tenosynovitis

S M Blake, N J Treble

This case report highlights an unusual cause of anterolateral knee pain. The popliteus muscle arises from three origins—that is, the lateral femoral condyle, the fibula head, and the lateral meniscus—and inserts into the proximal tibia above the soleal line. It may be subjected to a number of pathologies including tenosynovitis, acute calcific tendonitis, rupture, and even avulsion. In this case, the diagnosis of popliteus tendon tenosynovitis was not made from magnetic resonance imaging findings, but was confirmed and successfully treated during arthroscopic examination.

(Br J Sports Med 2005;39:e42)

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