The synovial joints of the human foot.

Elvira Vittoria Farina, Francesco Cappello, Antonio Palma, Carlo Giuseppe Ridola, Antonella Montalbano, Vito Marciano'

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Abstract

The human foot is considered an organ with an assortment of tissues with different morphological characteristics and well defined limits, but effectively has a simple functionality when static that becomes extremely complex when in movement. Its complex structure, comprised of an elastic and resistant skin covering a bone framework, joints, muscles, tendons, veins and nerves, can be compared to an efficient mechanical assembly. After a long and extraordinary evolutive journey, the human foot has undergone numerous changes to perfect its function; it has lost most of its grabbing function whilst gaining new characteristics that have ultimately allowed the modern man to stand upright. The complex articular structure of the human foot consists of thirty four synovial joints, of which eighteen have curved surfaces and sixteen plane surfaces. Following the criteria set by the systematic, radiological and clinical anatomy, the Authors contribute further to the current knowledge on the ankle, tarsal (anatomic subtalar, transverse tarsal, cuneonavicular, intercuneiform and cuneocuboid), tarsometatarsal, intermetatarsal, metatarsophalangeal and interphalangeal joints and dorsal, plantar and interosseous ligaments of the human foot. The articular lines of the transverse tarsal (Chopart) and tarsometatarsal (Lisfranc) joints are particularly interesting and not only from a surgical point of view; through a straightforward identification of few reference points, it is possible to find the medial and lateral extremities of the Chopart's and Lisfranc's lines, the former pinpoints the boundary between the hindfoot and midfoot and the latter between the midfoot and forefoot.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-80
Number of pages20
JournalITALIAN JOURNAL OF ANATOMY AND EMBRYOLOGY
Volume112
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Embryology

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