Foot and Ankle Anatomy

Despite their small size, the feet are one of the most highly intricate and valuable structures in our body.

They must provide agile mobility and critical balance while bearing an enormous amount of weight. An average day of walking brings a force equal to several hundred tons to bear on the feet. As a result, our feet are more prone to injury than almost any other part of our body.

Right Foot viewed from above


Right Ankle & Foot lateral view


Right Ankle & Foot lateral view

Bones of the Foot


Lateral ankle and foot

  Ankle and foot from 3d
Illustration of bones of foot adapted from image courtesy of Microsoft Office Clip Gallery  

Illustration of ankle adapted from image courtesy of National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

  Illustration of ankle courtesy of 3D

Written by N Thompson, RN, MSN, ARNP, Last updated March 2010

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