Dorsal cuneonavicular ligament

The human body uses ligaments as a method of connecting one bone to a second bone. When two bones form a connection, it is known as a joint. The dorsal cuneonavicular ligament forms the joint between the navicular bone and the cuneiform bones in the foot. The navicular bone is a small rounded bone located just below the talus in an area known as the tarsus. Beneath the navicular bone are three slightly rectangular shaped bones, referred to as the cuneiform bones. Each of the three cuneiform bones attaches to a metatarsal bone. The metatarsal bones form the connection between the bones of the foot and the bones comprising the toes. The dorsal cuneonavicular ligament functions as a thin strip of fibrous materials that connect the navicular bone to the cuneiform bones. Located near the ligament are tendons that connect the bones to the muscles in the feet. Damage or injury to the foot may result in a strained ligament that feels painful or warm to the touch.
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