Intermetatarsal joint

  • The intermetatarsal joints (latin: articulationes intermetatarsales) are very strong synovial joints between the bases of the second to fifth metatarsal bones.

    The articulating surfaces of the intermetatarsal joints are the opposing surfaces of the bases of adjacent metatarsals.

    The intermetatarsal joints are strengthened by ligaments. The bases of the four metatarsals are connected by three groups of ligaments: the dorsal, plantar and intermetatarsal ligaments.

    The dorsal ligaments (latin: ligg. metatarsalia dorsalia) are placed between the dorsal surfaces of bases of the adjacent metatarsal bones.

    The plantar ligaments (latin: ligg.metatarsalia plantaria) are strong, longitudinal or transverse ligaments placed on the plantar side of the bases of the metatarsals.

    The intermetatarsal ligaments (latin: ligg.metatarsalia interossea; also interosseous ligaments) are formed of strong, transverse fibers that connect the non-articular portions of the adjacent surfaces.

    The intermetatarsal joints allow only slight movements.