The pes tendons are the attached tendon of the sartorius, gracilis and semitendinosus muscles, which insert together on the upper tibia on the medial side of the knee.

pes tendons
The name is an abbreviation of 'pes anserine' or 'goose foot' because the combined tendon attachment splays out like a goose foot. Between the tibia and the attachment of the pes tendons is a bursa, which may become inflamed (particularly in swimmers).


Harvesting tendons for cruciate ligament reconstruction

In the procedure of hamstrings harvest, the surgeon strips the tendons of semitendinosus (which is one of the hamstrings) and gracilis (which is actually not a hamstring) and combines them to make a quadrupled graft the reconstruct a torn cruciate ligament.


The muscles of the knee

Learn the names of the main knee muscles.



Pes anserinus and anserine bursa: anatomical study. Lee J-H, Kim K-J, Jeong Y-G, Lee NS, Han SY, Lee CG, Kim K-Y and Han S-H. Anat Cell Biol. 2014 Jun; 47(2): 127–131.

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