Foot & Ankle
The foot combines mechanical complexity and structural strength. It supports and balances our body’s weight while standing, as well as raising and moving the body in a forward and backward motion when walking. The ankle serves as foundation, shock absorber, and propulsion engine.
The ankle is a hinge-type, freely moving joint that consists of a capsule containing fluid which both nourishes and lubricates the joint making motion possible between the foot and the leg.
The foot and ankle contain:
- 28 small bones (one-quarter of the bones in the human body)
- 33 joints
- More than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments
- A network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue
These components work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility.