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Joints of foot

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(anatomy) The joints found in the distal lower extremity, such as the talocrural, intertarsal, tarsometatarsal, intermetatarsal, metatarsophalangeal and interphalangeal joints.


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"Joints of foot" is a term used collectively to refer to all articulations of the foot. These articulations include the following: talocrural, intertarsal, tarsometatarsal, intermetatarsal, metatarsophalangeal and interphalangeal joints.

The talocrural joint or the ankle joint proper is one of the three joints of the talocrural region (or ankle). The others are the subtalar joint and the inferior tibiofibular joint. The talocrural region is that part where the foot and the leg meet.

The intertarsal joints include the articulations of the tarsal bones in the foot. They are talocalcaneal, talocalcaneonavicular, calcaneocuboid, cuneonavicular, cuboideonavicular, intercuneiform, and cuneocuboid articulations.

The tarsometatarsal articulation, also referred to as the Lisfranc joint, is the arthrodial joint that allows sliding or gliding movements in the plane of articular surfaces.

The intermetatarsal joints are the synovial joints between the bases of the five metatarsal bones.

The metatarsophalangeal joints are those located between the metatarsal bones and the proximal phalanges.

The interphalangeal joints in the foot are articulations between the phalanges of the toes.


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