The human foot is a structure consisting of bones, muscles, joints, and soft tissue. Feet are designed to bear the weight of a human body, allowing us to stand, walk, run, jump, and do a lot of other things as well!


There are 26 bones in the human foot, divided into three categories: the tarsal bones, the metatarsal bones, and the phalanges. The foot itself can be categorized into three parts: the hind foot, which includes the ankle and heel; the mid foot, consisting of bones that form the arches of the feet; and the forefoot, containing the metatarsals and phalanges, or toes.


Because of its position in the body, and its frequent use, the foot is prone to sprains, breaks, and infection. Genetic factors, such as fallen arches flat feet, can cause other problematic issues in the body including back and leg pain.