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Why does our foot need so many bones? (25% of all that’s found in our body!

A human foot & ankle is a strong, intricate structure that contain 26 bones (including 5 long bones called metatarsals), 33 joints, 31 tendons, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments. The joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways. When they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body. By the way, the 52 bones in our two feet make up one quarter of all the bones in our body. Here’s an excellent animation video of the foot anatomy.

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