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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Technical Tuesday Calcaneus

Technical Tuesday Calcaneus

The next time you slip your ballet or pointe shoes on over your heel consider this unique bone called the calcaneus (heel bone). It is unique.

Its frontal curve makes it possible to accommodate other bones in the feet, including the talus and tarsal bones – and onward to the metatarsals and phalanges that make it possible for dancers to go from demi-pointe to pointe positions. The back of the calcaneus bone is where critical muscles attach, like the Achilles tendon.

The calcaneus is like the train station of the foot and ankle:  the hub that allows the muscles and bones of the foot and ankle the ability to come together do what they need to do in order to produce the beautiful movements that make up the art of dance.   
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Anatomical Secret #25q
Of all the bones in the feet, the unique calcaneus is the largest.”

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