Unlocking the Secrets: How Many Bones Are in the Foot? Find Out Now!

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
By Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
Updated on November 15, 2023

The human foot is a complex anatomical structure that plays an important role in supporting our body weight and allowing mobility. Composed of numerous small bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, the foot may seem like a intricate puzzle at first glance. Understanding precisely how many bones make up each foot can help in identifying potential injuries or conditions.

How many bones are in the foot?

The total number of bones in each normal human foot is 26. This includes the tarsal bones of the rear foot plus the metatarsal and phalange bones of the forefoot and toes.

Breakdown of foot bones

The 26 bones of each foot can be further categorized: 7 tarsal bones in the rear foot, 5 long metatarsal bones leading to the toes, and 14 phalanges, which are the separated bones within each toe. The tarsal bones are the talus, calcaneus, cuboid, navicular and three cuneiform bones. Counting the metatarsals and phalanges in each toe adds up to the full complement of 26 bones.

Variations in bone structure

In rare cases, some individuals may be born with an extra bone, bone fragments or fewer bones in one or both feet. However, the normal human foot typically contains 26 bones. Bones may also fuse together or be surgically removed due to injury, but a standard healthy adult foot has 26 individual bones.


In summary, each human foot contains a total of 26 separate bones that work together to support our bodies through locomotion and balance. Recognizing the typical number and layout of foot bones is key information for healthcare providers and those seeking to understand foot-related conditions or injuries.

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