The tarsometatarsal joint, also known as Lisfranc’s joint, is where the metatarsals articulate with the cuneiform and cuboid bones. The tarsometatarsal joint is not normally visible, but may be apparent if osteophytes have formed around the joint space.


Chronic pain and tenderness and the presence of palpable osteophytes in the tarsometatarsal joint is suggestive of either osteoarthritis or posttraumatic arthritis. Arthritis in the tarsometatarsal joint may lead to arch collapse or forefoot abduction.

Acute pain, tenderness, and swelling of the tarsometatarsal joint indicates a sprain, subluxation, or dislocation. Subluxation and dislocation of the joint may lead to long term arthritis if not cared for appropriately.