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Dorsal Tarsometatarsal Ligaments
Connective Tissue

Dorsal Tarsometatarsal Ligaments

Ligamenta tarsometatarsea dorsalia

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Structure

The dorsal tarsometatarsal ligaments are weak fibrous slips that connect the dorsal surfaces of the tarsals to the metatarsals.

The first metatarsal bone receives a dorsal tarsometatarsal ligament from the medial cuneiform bone. The second metatarsal bone receives ligaments from the medial, intermediate, and lateral cuneiform bones. The fourth metatarsal bone receives dorsal tarsometatarsal ligaments from the lateral cuneiform and the cuboid bones, while the fifth metatarsal receives a band from the cuboid only.

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Function

The dorsal tarsometatarsal ligaments strengthen and stabilize the tarsometatarsal joints.

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