Anatomic compartments of the foot: A 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging study

John S. Reach, Kimberly K. Amrami, Joel P. Felmlee, David W. Stanley, J. Michael Alcorn, Norman S. Turner, Stephen W. Carmichael

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There is neither consensus on the number nor agreement on the location of the anatomic compartments of the foot. This project utilized high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify foot compartments. The purpose of this study was to devise a new system using 3-Tesla (3T) MRI that assessed the number and location of these compartments. Six feet from healthy volunteers were imaged. From these, 10 compartments were described: (1) medial, (2) calcaneal, (3) lateral, (4) central superficial, (5) central deep (adductor), (6-9) interossei, and (10) skin. The 3T MRI and foot/ankle coil allowed us to assess the number and location of foot compartments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • 3-Tesla MRI
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Compartments
  • Foot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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