Metatarsophalangeal joints

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Metatarsophalangeal joints
Bones of the right foot. Dorsal surface.
Latin articulationes metatarsophalangeae
MeSH D008683
TA A03.6.10.801
FMA 71356
Anatomical terminology

The metatarsophalangeal joints (MTP joints) are the joints between the metatarsal bones of the foot and the proximal bones (proximal phalanges) of the toes. They are condyloid joints, meaning that an elliptical or rounded surface (of the metatarsal bones) comes close to a shallow cavity (of the proximal phalanges).

The ligaments are the plantar and two collateral.


The movements permitted in the metatarsophalangeal joints are flexion, extension, abduction, adduction and circumduction.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 359 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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