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Lisfranc joint

Assoc Prof Craig Hacking and Dr Tim Luijkx et al.

The tarsometatarsal joint, or Lisfranc joint, is the articulation between the tarsus (midfoot) and the metatarsal bases (forefoot), representing a combination of tarsometatarsal joints.

The first three metatarsals articulate with the three cuneiforms, respectively, and the 4th and 5th metatarsals with the cuboid. The base of the 2nd metatarsal keystones into the cuneiforms where there is the important Lisfranc ligament. Numerous dorsal and plantar ligaments support all the tarsometatarsal, intermetatarsal and intertarsal joints and between each bone, there are strong interosseous ligaments. 

History and etymology

It is named after Jacques Lisfranc de Saint-Martin (1790-1847), French surgeon 1.

Related pathology

Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 31326
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tarsometatarsal joint

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