Glossary Of Foot Terms


Vertical force on the sole of the foot. Pressure is proportional to weight, and in a standing position the only pressure force on the feet is the body’s weight. Each foot carries 50 percent of the body’s weight. In a barefoot standing position, that pressure normally is equally distributed in the forefoot and rear foot. This can change when the heels are elevated, when one leg is shorter than the other, when standing on one leg, etc.

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