The function of the midtarsal joint: a review of the literature

Jo L Tweed, Jackie Campbell, Richard Thompson, Mike Curran

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The midtarsal joint (MTJt) consists of the combined articulations of the talonvicular and calcaneocuboid joints and represent the functional articulation between the rearfoot (talus and calcaneus) and the midfoot (navicular and cuboid). The movement of the transverse tarsal region has been described as a segment rotating around two distinct axes of the MTJt; the longitudinal and the oblique. Recent research has suggested that the two axes model of the MTJt is a theory of convenience to explain clinical observation, and that the MTJt moves in a more complex manner. It has been hypothesised that the MTJt has one triplanar axis of motion, so there remains the need to investigate the practical application of this understanding in terms of how this motion affects the MTJt in gait and the implications this may have on podiatric treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-112
Number of pages7
JournalThe Foot
Issue number2
Early online date14 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


  • Midtarsal
  • Talonavicular
  • Calcaneocuboid
  • Subtalar
  • Chopart's joint
  • Transverse tarsal joint
  • Biomechanics and gait


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