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Metatarsal Bones (Left)
Skeletal System

Metatarsal Bones (Left)

Ossa metatarsi

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The metatarsal bones (metatarsals) are one of the three groups of bones of the foot, the other two being the tarsal bones and the phalanges. They are located between the tarsal bones and the phalanges and collectively form the metatarsus, which contributes to the skeletal framework of the arches of the foot. The five metatarsal bones are classified as long bones and are arranged in a single row that is numbered one to five from medial to lateral.

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The heads of the metatarsal bones are connected by the deep transverse ligament that, along with the interosseous ligaments, helps maintain the transverse arch of the foot.

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