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How many feet are there on a football field? Is that a trick question? It all depends on whether we are talking about feet belonging to the football players, or a measurement of feet in the length of the field. In the days before rulers and tape measures our feet were a very common way of measure the length of something. Read on to learn more about our feet, especially the bones in our feet.

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Foot Bones - Top View
Foot Bones - Top View

Your foot is quite easy to find. Just look down at the end of your leg. The foot may look simple from the outside, but on the inside things are a lot more complex. Between the foot and ankle there are 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The foot can be divided into three main parts: the forefoot, midfoot and hindfoot.

The forefoot is made up of the five toes. Similar to the fingers of the hand, the bones of the toes are called phalanges. The big toe has two phalanges while the other four toes have three phalanges. The forefoot also includes five proximal long bones, one for each toe, forming the metatarsus

The midfoot has five bones that form the arch of the foot. The midfoot is connected to the hindfoot and forefoot by muscles and the plantar fascia.

The hindfoot consists of the talus or ankle bone, and the heel bone. The two long bones of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula, are connected to the top of the talus to form the ankle.

Foot (Side View)

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Foot Bones - Lateral or Side View
Foot Bones - Lateral or Side View
The side view of the foot provides a clear view of the separation between the ankle and calcaneous or heel bone.



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