Biomechanics of the tarsal mechanism. A key to the function of the normal human foot

A HusonDepartment of Anatomy and Embryology, Medical Faculty, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

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This article describes the function of the tarsal complex as a constrained mechanism. The relationship between the interdependence of the motions of the tarsal joints and the special nature of tarsal joint function is explained, with emphasis on the midtarsal joint and its presumed two axes of motion.