Common tendon - Tendo communis


The three (or two in carnivores) heads of the deep digital flexor muscle unite distally to form a strong tendon, the common tendon of deep digital flexor muscle, either at the middle of the crus or distal to the tarsus in different species. The tendon continues distally on the plantar aspect of the metatarsus and inserts with a branch for each functional digit on the flexor surface of the distal phalanges, thus resulting in four tendons of insertion in carnivores and pigs, tow in ruminants and one in the horse. The individual branches are surrounded by synovial sheats at the level of the tarsus.

Text by Antoine Micheau, MD - Copyright IMAIOS
Veterinary Anatomy of Domestic Mammals: Textbook and Colour Atlas, Sixth Edition - Horst Erich König, Hans-Georg Liebich - Schattauer - ISBN-13: 978-3794528332


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