Foot braces & supports
The feet are the basis of the human body. They are the mostly used body parts and have to carry the completebody weight when walking upright. They bear all strains during walking, running and jumping. Alone the Achilles tendon of the foot, is able to withstand a weight of approx. 1 ton. Despite its extreme stability, the foot is a filigree masterpiece of nature. It consists of 26 bones, 27 joints, 32 muscles and tendons, 107 ligaments and 1.700 nerve endings. Roughly, the human foot can be divided into forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot. The short and long foot muscles brace and support the foot arch and enable the foot to accomplish various movements. Normally, every healthy foot has a medial arch and a metatarsal arch, but there are also malpositions such as splay foot, drop foot, diabetic foot and flat foot.Heel and forefoot are carrying the biggest part of the body weight, whereas there is relatively little weight load on the toes as well on the outer edges of the foot.