Subtalar joint

The subtalar joint (also known as the talocalcaneal joint; Latin: articulatio subtalaris) is a synovial plane type articulation located between the tarsal bones of the foot. This joint is formed between two bones of the foot - the talus and calcaneus.

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Articulating structures of subtalar joint

The articular surfaces of the subtalar joint include the following:

  • Posterior inferior articular surface of the talus
  • Posterior superior articular surface of the calcaneus
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Joint capsule and ligaments

The bones that form the subtalar joint are enclosed by a fibrous joint capsule. The joint is stabilized by the following ligaments:

  • Lateral talocalcaneal ligament - passes obliquely downward from the lateral talar process to the lateral calcaneal surface and calcaneofibular ligament;
  • Medial talocalcaneal ligament - extends between the medial talar tubercle, the dorsal aspect of the sustentaculum tali and medial surface of the calcaneus;
  • Posterior talocalcaneal ligament - stretches from the posterolateral tubercle of the talus to the superomedial area of the calcaneus;
  • Interosseous talocalcaneal ligament - passes obliquely downward from the sulcus tali to the calcaneal sulcus.
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Movements of subtalar joint

Movements of this joint happen simultaneously with the motions provided by the talocalcaneonavicular joint. This articulation permits the following movements:

  • Supination and adduction of the foot
  • Pronation and abduction of the foot