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The Great Toe

  • K. Mohan Iyer
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Abstract

The metatarsal bones are normally arranged as a parallel series, with the first metatarsal being thicker and stronger than the others, thereby providing a weight-bearing foot. Furthermore, it becomes the fulcrum on which the body weight is swung forward during walking, with its head lying more in an anterior plane than the others. The other important weight-bearing points are the fifth metatarsal and the calcaneus, and these with the first metatarsal head are regarded as the three points of the tripod.

Keywords

Hallux Valgus Proximal Phalanx Metatarsal Head Metatarsophalangeal Joint Digital Nerve 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Bangalore UniversityBangaloreIndia

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