Densitometric analysis of the human first tarsometatarsal joint

Coskun N., Akman-Mutluay Ş. D., Erkilic M., Koebke J.

SURGICAL AND RADIOLOGIC ANATOMY, vol.28, no.2, pp.135-141, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00276-005-0064-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.135-141
  • Keywords: first tarsometatarsal joint, medial cuneiform, first metatarsal, subchondral bone, densitometric analysis, bone density, SUBCHONDRAL BONE MINERALIZATION, TARSOMETATARSAL JOINT, CARTILAGE THICKNESS, PATTERNS, IMPLANTS, DENSITY, ANATOMY, HEAD
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


The first tarsometatarsal (TMT) joint has a complex role in regulating joint pressure in the midfoot. Despite its importance, there have been only a few studies of the functional morphology and biomechanical function of this joint. Here we report about the densitometric pattern of the subchondral bone layer of the articulating elements of the human first TMT joint. We studied dry bones of the first metatarsal and medial cuneiform bones in 64 human cadavers to establish the pattern of the density distribution and to correlate it with the biomechanical function of the joint. The articular surfaces of both the bones were analyzed planimetrically. Half of the specimens (n=32) were sectioned in the sagittal plane and the other 32 articulations were in the transverse plane. In all the sections, the subchondral bone density of the first TMT joint was measured. We found that in sagittal slices the dorsal area of the lateral parts and intermediate parts in females and the dorsal area of the lateral parts, the medial parts and intermediate parts in males were denser than the plantar area and that its density decreased towards the plantar area. The dorsal parts of transverse slices in males were the densest and its density decreased towards the plantar part. In the dorsal, middle and plantar parts in females in transverse slices, the lateral and intermediate areas were denser than the medial areas (P < 0.05). There was no significant difference between the bone densities of females and males.