Arches of the foot
|Arches of the foot|
|Skeleton of foot. Medial aspect.|
|Skeleton of foot. Lateral aspect.|
|Gray's||subject #101 360|
In order to allow it to support the weight of the body in the erect posture with the least weight, the foot is constructed of a series of arches formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones, and strengthened by the ligaments and tendons of the foot.
Specifically, the arches are categorized as:
Insufficiently expressed arches are called flat feet.
Exaggerated arches, on the other hand, are the less common pes cavus.
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