Foot: One of Nature’s Most Complex Creations
Every day, we subject our feet to more physical stress than probably we realize. From daily walking to extreme sports, our feet are expected to last a lifetime of repeated pounding against the ground and complex movements over all terrains. The foot is another engineering wonder of our body.
A normal foot is made up of 26 specifically shaped bones, vs. only four for the entire leg. Every foot bone has good reasons for its being and they are connected and moved by more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons. Any slight deviation from normal at birth or by trauma can result in suboptimal function and possible problems afterwards.
Similarly, reshaping foot for esthetic purpose by break-n-shift normal bones unnecessarily may have functional implications. This basic but essential understanding is especially true for bunion surgeries.