How complex is the human foot?
Foot anatomy is quite detailed and more complex than most people think.
In any normal foot you will find a total of 26 bones in each foot; (28 bones if you count the 2 little sesamoid bones near the big toe joint).
These 26 bones consist of:
The tarsal bones include:
In the normal foot, the second toe appears slightly longer than the first and the third toes.
There are three main joints of primary importance in lower limb biomechanics. These include:
These boney structures lie beneath more than twenty different muscles and over one hundred different ligaments. In amongst all this we have a network of blood vessels and nerves providing essential nutrients and messages enabling it all to function.
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.
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