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Pes Anserine

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Other Names

  • Pes Anserine
  • Pes Anserinus
  • Goose's Foot


Illustration of the pes anserinus
  • General
    • "Pes Anserine" comes from the Latin referring to “goose’s foot”
    • Multilayer complex which lies on the inferomedial aspect of the knee
  • Insertion point for tendons of:
  • Arrangement
    • Sartorius is superior
    • Gracilis and Semitendinosus partially overlap inferiorly
  • Bursa
    • Lays between the tibia ante the tendon structures
    • Acts as a buffer or cushion which allows the pes anserine to glide over the tibia and MCL[1]
  • Other


  • Main function
    • Flex, adduct and internally rotate the hip
    • Functions as a secondary knee flexor
  • Other
    • It secretes synovial fluid in order to reduce friction between tissues
    • Works as a cushion for bones, tendons and muscles

Vascular Supply


Clinical Significance

See Also


  1. Lee, Je-Hun, et al. "Pes anserinus and anserine bursa: anatomical study." Anatomy & Cell Biology 47.2 (2014): 127-131.
Created by:
John Kiel on 4 February 2021 18:56:08
Last edited:
13 March 2023 00:38:32