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Foot Bone Problems

Our bones are strong and durable, however, if they are not taken care of they can become weak and brittle.  Our feet hold over 25% of all the bones in our body. The bones in the feet work with the muscles, tendons and ligaments, which allows mobility, stabilization and balance. We may not realize it, but we rely heavily on the bones in our feet to live day to day.

Use this section to learn about problems and conditions that can affect the bones of the foot. Many times, there are preventive measures you can take to avoid problems altogether. You’ll find information like this, plus additional info such as symptoms and causes of various injuries that can occur to the bones. To get started, click on the title of the article that interests you below.

Bone Problems & Conditions of the Foot:

  • Lisfranc Injury

    A Lisfranc injury occurs when one or more of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus, which is a cluster of bones at the top of the foot, just below the ankle joint. It is named for Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin (1790–1847), the French surgeon who first described it while serving in Napoleon’s […]

  • Shin Splints

    Shin Splints seem to come out of nowhere, striking the inner edge of your tibia (the shin bone). Here we will discuss the causes of shin splints, and the best ways to treat and prevent them.

  • Tarsal Coalition

    Find out if your child is suffering from this rare condition by learning more about the symptoms and signs of this condition.

  • Sesamoiditis

    Sesamoiditis is condition that affects the sesamoid bones and can occur in people young to old. Learn more about these bones and the condition that may cause pain and disability.

  • Bone Tumor of the Foot

    While bone tumors are rare, they can develop and causes symptoms such as pain. Read on to learn if you may have a bone tumor.

  • Kohler’s Disease

    Kohler’s disease is a rare disease that usually affects boys more than girls. Learn more about the symptoms, prognosis, treatment options and more.

  • Jones Fracture

    This injury is more serious than other types of fractures that occur in our feet. Learn about the symptoms, treatment options and what causes this type of fracture to occur.

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Kohler's Disease

shutterstock_116581837Does this rare condition affect your child? Learn what you can do to help.

Foot Pain

footpainFoot pain can sometimes be a sign of an underlying condition that requires medical attention. Find out when to see your doctor, and much more.


orthoticsMany people use orthotics to improve the function and stability of their feet. Learn about the various types of orthotics used to help restore mobility.


foot-bones-phalanges-metatarsal-smallThere are five metatarsals in all. The metatarsals are the long bones located in our feet, between the tarsal (ankle) bones and the phalanges (toes).

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