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Where can you view pictures of the bones of the feet?

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Pictures of human foot bones are available at InnerBody, Merriam-Webster's The Visual Dictionary Online and Wikipedia. Full foot skeleton diagrams and information about foot bones are available on each website.

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InnerBody provides an interactive 2D diagram of the human skeleton. Anterior and posterior views of the foot skeleton are available. When users hover over individual bones, additional information about each bone pops up.

In addition to a foot skeleton diagram, the Human Being: Anatomy: Skeleton: Foot section of Merriam-Webster's The Visual Dictionary Online includes audio pronunciations of bone names and descriptions of individual foot bones.

Wikipedia's entry for Foot includes pictures of human foot bones and information about foot structure, musculature, clinical maladies, pronation and cultural contexts. Users can find more foot bone pictures in other Wikipedia entries such as Tarsus, Metatarsus, and Phalanges.

Each human foot contains 26 bones. The tarsals, metatarsals, and phalanges are the three categories of foot bones. There are seven tarsals, five metatarsals, and 14 phalanges. The tarsals make up the ankle area of the foot, the metatarsals are in the mid-foot, and the phalanges are in the toes.

The tarsals include the calcaneus, talus, cuboid, navicular and the three cuneiform bones. The metatarsals have numeric names based on their medial to lateral location.

Phalanges are given titles according to their proximal, intermediate or distal location. A big toe contains only proximal and distal phalanges while the other toes each contain all three types. Phalanges also exist within the human hand.

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