Where is the dorsal aspect of the foot?

The muscles acting on the foot can be classified into extrinsic muscles, those originating on the anterior or posterior aspect of the lower leg, and intrinsic muscles, originating on the dorsal (top) or plantar (base) aspects of the foot.

What is the plantar surface of the foot?

The sole is the underside of the foot. In humans the sole of the foot is anatomically referred to as the plantar aspect.
  • What is dorsal and plantar?

    The plantar surface of the foot is more commonly known as the sole of the foot hence plantar flexion is flexing your foot so that your toes point downwards or away from you. Conversely, dorsal flexion is flexing your foot up or towards you.
  • What is the midfoot?

    The midfoot is one of three regions of the human foot. Its name is somewhat self-explanatory, referring to the area in the middle of the foot. It encompasses the arch of the foot and is composed of bones, tendons, and ligaments, connecting the forefoot with the hindfoot.
  • Why do the balls of my feet hurt?

    When your metatarsal bones are injured, inflamed, or abnormal, you might feel intense pain in the ball of your foot. Common causes of metatarsal imbalances include: Bone abnormalities from genetic predisposition, disease (like arthritis), or injuries. One common abnormality is an overly long metatarsal bone.

Updated: 17th October 2019

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