The human foot is a structure consisting of bones, muscles, joints, and soft tissue. Feet bear the weight of the human body, allowing us to stand, walk, run, jump, and do a lot of other things as well! Though they are strong, they can be quite fragile at times.
There are 26 bones in the human foot. These bones come in three categories: tarsal bones, the metatarsal bones, and phalanges. The foot itself comes in three parts. There is the hind foot, which includes the ankle and heel. There is the midfoot, consisting of the bones that form the arches of the feet. And there is the forefoot, containing the metatarsals and phalanges (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 back and leg pain. Feet contain pressure points that connect to the rest of our bodies. Reflexology is a type of massage solely focused on the feet. This type of massage activates the foot’s pressure points. Foot health is important to overall body health. When they cramp, swell, or tingle it can bring you great discomfort.