We use our feet to walk every day. Often, they are barely a thought in our mind. At James C. Ricketti, DPM in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, your feet are our top priority. Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan are highly trained podiatrists who have treated everything from corns to sprains. At the end of the day the fruit of their efforts comes down to one simple thing: the formation of the foot.

Formation Facts

The foot is made up of three separate sections that combine to make your foot. These sections are the rear foot, the midfoot, and the forefoot.

The rear foot contains the talus bones the calcaneus bones, and the ankle joints. More commonly it is known as the “heel”. When walking, those with a rear foot stride, strike their heel to the ground and roll forward when walking.

The midfoot is the arch of your foot. This area connects the rear foot to the forefoot.  Those with no arch or high arches tend to have aching feet. Dr. Ricketti and Dr. Skokan can assist you in finding the right insert to remedy these issues.

The forefoot is the top of your foot. It houses the metatarsal bones and also the toe bones. These bones provide balance to the body. They also tend to strike last while running and walking.

Each foot has 26 bones. There are seven ankle bones, 14 toe bones, and 5 other inside bones.

The foot also has three arches. The main arch can be found in the midfoot area. This arch is known as the plantar arch. The plantar arch helps absorb shock when walking, running, and partaking in other various activities that use your feet.

The foot is held together by muscles and ligaments. These muscles and ligaments allow for vast mobility and flexibility. Although it is a small part of the body, it is complex in nature and plays a key role in daily activity.

The foot is an essential part of the body. If you experience any pain or want to learn more about the formation of the foot please contact our Hamilton Square, New Jersey office today. You can call us at 609-587-1674. Dr. Ricketti and Dr. Skokan will provide you with professional guidance and resources to help you better understand your feet.

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