The Interosseous Membrane Of The Leg
The Lower or distal interosseous membrane spans between the tibia and fibula and divides the lower leg into compartments and provides an anchor point for several muscles of the distal leg to attach. The deep peroneal nerve travels through the interosseous membrane to supply the extensors of the leg.
This membrane can be injured when the joints experience high stress during a sudden twisting motion. This often occurs when an athlete is wearing cleats, and the ankle is forced violently outwards. This is known as a syndesmotic ankle sprain or a high ankle sprain.
Interosseous Membrane Injuries
An injury to the interosseous membrane can alter the function and anatomic stability of either the forearm or the leg. Membrane injury can cause fibrous (scar tissue), instability of both the joints and the muscles that attach to them.
Injuries can cause ossification or the need for a surgical release of scar tissue known as tenolysis. Entrapment of the nerve or artery can occur as well causing strength loss, numbness, or tingling.