Foot Anatomy 101 – How many of these facts do you know?

As a certified reflexologist, I see feet every day. Mostly feet with little problems. But there are some feet that are just dog tired from wearing ill-fitted shoes, or overworked and just plain tired.

Very few of us appreciate what our bodies do for us every day until something happens. We take ourselves for granted. Since I work with feet, I have seen a large variety of feet.

My reflexology colleague, Bill Flocco, of the American Academy of Reflexology in California, has compiled a very long list of interesting facts about feet that many of us don’t think about, let’s see how many of them you know.

Here are some general anatomy about what your feet consist of.

  • There are 5 long bones, metatarsals, in each foot
  • Of the 7 ankle bones (tarsals), the talus and the calcaneus form the major part of the heel.
  • The tibia (the largest bone in the lower leg) sits on the Talus.
  • The calcaneus bone is what most people call the heel bone
  • Each foot has 33 joints, 31 tendons, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments.
  • What’s the difference between a tendon & a ligament? Both are fibrous tissues. Primarily, tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments are the tough tissue that holds bone to bone and stabilizes joints. Both are needed for joint strength & flexibility.
  • The thickest skin in the human body is located in the feet
  • Most people have one foot larger than the other; it’s rare for both feet to be exactly the same length.
  • The bottom of the foot, the part that touches the ground or floor when you walk, is called the Plantar surface
  • The top of the foot is called the Dorsal Surface

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