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Calcaneocuboid joint

Ligaments of the medial aspect of the foot. (Calcaneocuboid labeled at bottom center.)
The ligaments of the foot from the lateral aspect. (Calcaneocuboid labeled at top, third from right.)
Systemskeletal system
Partscalcaneus, cuboid bone
Anatomical terminology

The calcaneocuboid joint is the joint between the calcaneus and the cuboid bone.


The calcaneocuboid joint is a type of saddle joint between the calcaneus and the cuboid bone.[1]


There are five ligaments connecting the calcaneus and the cuboid bone, forming parts of the articular capsule:


The calcaneocuboid joint is conventionally described as among the least mobile joints in the human foot. The articular surfaces of the two bones are relatively flat with some irregular undulations, which seem to suggest movement limited to a single rotation and some translation. However, the cuboid rotates as much as 25° about an oblique axis during inversion-eversion in a movement that could be called involution.[3]

Clinical significance

The calcaneocuboid joint may be affected by a calcaneal fracture.[4] This may be a sign of a worse fracture, associated with worse outcomes (such as osteoarthritis) after treatment.[4]


Public domain This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 354 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ Bonnel F, Teissier P, Colombier JA, Toullec E, Assi C (June 2013). "Biometry of the calcaneocuboid joint: biomechanical implications". Foot and Ankle Surgery. 19 (2): 70–5. doi:10.1016/j.fas.2012.12.001. PMID 23548445.
  2. ^ a b c d Drake RL (2005). Gray's anatomy for students. Wayne Vogl, Adam W. M. Mitchell, Henry Gray. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 0-443-06612-4. OCLC 55139039.
  3. ^ Greiner TM, Ball KA (September 2008). "The calcaneocuboid joint moves with three degrees of freedom". Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 1 (S1): O39. doi:10.1186/1757-1146-1-S1-O39. ISSN 1757-1146. PMC 2562120.
  4. ^ a b Kinner, Bernd; Schieder, Sarah; Müller, Franz; Pannek, Anja; Roll, Christina (May 2010). "Calcaneocuboid Joint Involvement in Calcaneal Fractures". Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 68 (5): 1192–1199. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e3181b28b8c. ISSN 2163-0755. PMID 20130490.
  • lljoints at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
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