The dorsal metatarsal ligament is a ligament — connective tissue that joins bones — inside the foot, situated within the soles of the ft. In Latin, the ligament is known as ligamenta metatarsalia dorsalia. These ligaments journey transversely (horizontally) from the dorsal (prime) coverings of metatarsal bones, situated behind the bones of the toes, to the dorsal coverings of different metatarsal bones which can be situated throughout from them. The ligaments are situated near the bones’ proximal edges, that are the sides closest to the again of the foot.
The first perform of the metatarsal ligaments is to supply added stability to the metatarsal joints. The metatarsal joints are condyloid joints which have spherical or elliptical surfaces and journey close to the shallowest cavities of the limbs’ proximal phalanges (the proximal phalanges consult with the bones on the toes’ base).
The dorsal metatarsal ligament is located in shut proximity to muscular tissues and ligaments such because the tendon of the tibialis anticus muscle, the plantar intermetatar ligament, the lengthy plantar ligament, the tendon peroneus longus muscle, the plantar cuboideonavicular ligament, the plantar tarsometatarsal ligament and the tendon of the tibialis posticus muscle.