Our physiotherapists have always found anatomy to be fascinating. When it comes to naming parts of the body, there is (usually) a logical origin to which the various parts received their names.
are the names of the bones of the foot, with a translation for the weird and
wonderful names that they have.
free to use the image to try to match the name of the bone with their place and
shape of the foot.
bones – these are the bones closest to the ankle. Each one has a name that
translates to describe a little bit about the bone.
• Talus : “Slope made from rock”.
• Calcaneus : “Heel”.
• Navicular : “Boat Shaped”.
• Cuneiform : “Wedge Shaped”.
• Cuboid : “Cubic in shape”.
along, there are five long bones called “metatarsals”. Also, at the base of the
first metatarsal (not seen in this image), there are two small bones called
• Metatarsals : “meta- = adjacent” (to the tarsal bones).
• Sesamoid : “Shaped like a sesame seed”.
each toe is made up of three bones called “phalanges”
• Phalanges : from “phalanx” – infantry formation describing soldiers packed in
close together so that their weaponry overlaps.
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