The foot is made up of a complex collection of bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons that all work together to allow the flexibility we require for propulsion and balance.
Broken into three separate sections named the forefoot, midfoot and hindfoot, the foot is the beautifully constructed end point of our leg joined at the ankle joint to our tibia and fibula bones.
There are a large number of conditions that can affect the foot and it’s optimal function. Plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, gout, stress fracture and Morton’s neuroma are just some of the most common problems but can all be managed well with appropriate advice and guidance.
The achilles tendon attaches into the heel bone which is the biggest bone in the foot and is called the calcaneus. Through the force produced by the calf muscle pulling on the achilles tendon, the foot can move into dorsiflexion and plantarflexion via the ankle, allowing our push off for walking and running.
The number of bones in the foot equates to just on 1/4 of the total bones in our body!