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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's inside YOUR Foot?

Foot Anatomy
The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and numerous tendons.  All these parts are kept in the right position and moving together by a complex, individual system of biomechanics. Given this complexity, it is not surprising that most people experience some problem with their feet at some time in their lives.
Within each foot you have:

·         Seven short tarsal bones which make up the heel and back of the instep
·         Five metatarsal bones spread from the back of the foot toward front and make up the structure for the ball of the foot. Each metatarsal is associated with one of the toes
·         Fourteen phalanges, small bones, form the toe structure
·         Tarsal and metatarsal bones provide the structure for the arch of the foot
·         Bands of ligaments connect and hold all the bones in place
·         A thick layer of fatty tissue under the sole helps absorb the pressure and shock that comes from walking and everyday movements
·         A vast array of neurovascular bundles travel through the foot to support all these structures 

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