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any unfortunately have the misconception that the foot is one rigid structure barely able to move. From an anatomical perspective we have 5 different feet with different characteristics and related functions! Even if you are used to thinking of your foot as only 1 piece squished inside a shoe, in reality, we can divide it in two parts, longitudinally and in three horizontally.

 

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The lateral foot, the one formed by the calcaneus (heel), the cuboid and the 2 lateral metatarsal bones and toes, is in charge of absorbing the shocks.

 

The medial foot, the one that is formed by the talus, (the bone on top of the heel), the three cuneiforms and the 3 medial metatarsal bones and toes, (Big toe, second and 3rd) is in charge of the propulsion (push off) phase of the walk.

 

Horizontally we can identify a posterior foot (calcaneus and talus (the heel), a middle foot (navicular, cuboid and cuneiforms) and an anterior foot (the metatarsi and the phalanges).

These different parts have different loads, different functions and work independently and in concert at the same time.

 

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The foot is a complex and mobile structure that needs to exercise! We need to get into the habit of strengthening the little muscles of the feet and stretching and opening up the toes as often as we have the chance.

Five “feet” inside the same tiny Stiletto! It sounds like NYC real estate!

 How often do you let your “5 feet” free to stretch and move? Do you like to walk barefoot at home or at the beach? What’s the feeling of it as opposed to wearing shoes?