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Bones of the foot

Learning objectives

After completing this study unit you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the 3 groups of bones of the foot.
  2. List the 26 bones of the foot.
  3. Name the main joints formed by the bones of the foot.

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The human foot contains 26 bones that are divided into 3 groups. The tarsal bones are the most proximal ones, consisting of 7 irregularly shaped bones homologous to the carpal bones of the hand. Next are the metatarsal bones which are 5 long bones that are equivalent to the metacarpals​​​​​​​ of the hand. Lastly, we have the phalanges of the foot that form the toes in an identical manner that the phalanges of the hand form the fingers. The lateral four toes are made up of three phalanges (proximal, middle, and distal), while the great toe consists of only two phalanges (proximal and distal).

The foot is also traditionally divided into 3 regions; the hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot. The tarsal bones are contained in the hindfoot and midfoot, while the metatarsals and phalanges lie in the forefoot.

If you want to learn more details about the cuneiform and cuboid bones, be sure to check out the videos below.

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Summary

Key points about the bones of the foot
Bones Tarsal bones: Talus, calcaneus, navicular, medial cuneiform, intermediate cuneiform, lateral cuneiform, cuboid
Metatarsal bones
: Metatarsal bone I-V
Phalanges of foot
: proximal, middle and distal phalanx (toes II-V); proximal and distal phalanx (toe I)
Joints Talocrural joint: talus + tibia + fibula
Subtalar joint
: Talus + calcaneus
Calcaneocuboid joint
: Calcaneus + cuboid
Talonavicular joint
: Talus + navicular bone
Tarsometatarsal joints
: Medial, intermediate and lateral cuneiform + metatarsal bones
Metatarsophalangeal joints
: Metatarsal bones + proximal phalanges
Proximal interphalangeal joints
: Proximal phalanges + middle phalanges
Distal interphalangeal joints
: Middle phalanges + distal phalanges

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