Bones of foot
The human foot (latin: pes) is a biomechanically complex anatomical structure that bears the weight of the body and forces many times the weight of the body during propulsion. There are about 26 bones forming the skeleton of the human foot providing structural support, and they can be grouped in 3 parts:
- tarsal bones (7);
- metatarsal bones (5);
- phalanges (14).
Apart from the main bones of the skeleton of the foot there can often be found variants of accessory bones near the metatarsophalangeal joints, called the sesamoid bones, which help improve the function of the foot.