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Tarsometatarsal joint

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The tarsometatarsal joints, also known as Lisfranc joints, are plane synovial joints formed by the articulations between the distal surfaces of (some of) the tarsal bones and the bases of the metatarsal bones of the foot. The medial cuneiform articulates with the first metatarsal, the intermediate cuneiform with the second metatarsal, the lateral cuneiform with the third and fourth metatarsals, and the cuboid with the fourth and fifth metatarsals. 

The tarsometatarsal joints are relatively small and tightly packed by dorsal and plantar tarsometatarsal ligaments, as well as cuneometatarsal interosseous ligaments, thus largely limiting them to slight gliding movements. The fourth and firth tarsometatarsal joints are generally described as being more mobile than the first-third tarsometatarsal joints.  The first tarsometatarsal joint has its own fibrous capsule, whilst there is communication between the capsules of the second and third joints and also between the fourth and fifth joints. 

Terminology English: Tarsometatarsal joints
Latin: Articulationes tarsometatarseae
Definition Articulations between the tarsal bones and bases of metatarsal bones of the foot
Joint type Synovial plane
Ligaments Dorsal and plantar tarsometatarsal ligaments, cuneometatarsal interosseous ligaments 

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