My reflexology colleague, Bill Flocco, of the American Academy of Reflexology in California, has compiled a list of interesting facts about feet. Lets see how many of them you know.
More Fascinating Facts about Feet
- There are 5 long bones, metatarsals, in each foot
- Of the 7 anklebones (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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