Longitudinal arch of the foot

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Geon Oh et al.

The longitudinal arch of the foot is an arch in the sagittal plane formed by the calcaneus and the metatarsals, it can be subdivided into medial and lateral arches (and the comprising osseous structures can be referred to as columns). 

Gross anatomy

  • medial arch: calcaneus, talus, navicular, cuneiforms, and first, second and third metatarsals
  • lateral arch: calcaneus, cuboid, and fourth and fifth metatarsals

Related pathology

Anatomy: Lower limb
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Article information

rID: 45360
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Lateral column
  • Medial column
  • Longitudinal medial arch
  • Longitudinal lateral arch

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