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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Technical Tuesday Hands and Feet

Technical Tuesday Hands and Feet

Dancers spent a lot of time thinking about their feet, but not as much about their hands. It’s understandable. But anatomically speaking, these two have about 25% of all the bones in the body.

It’s rare for dancers to have anything happen to the bones in the hands, but the feet are a different story. With all those small bones, it is not uncommon for them to get fractured. Fascinating Fact: the most frequently broken bone in the mid foot  is that of the fifth metatarsal (the one next to the pinkie). Ouch.

To add even more detail: The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. Not only that, the foot contains nearly 8000 nerves and many of those end near the skin – that’s why feet are so ticklish!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #26ll:
“25% of a human’s bones are in the hands and feet.

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“It's only out of reach when you choose to keep your feet flat on the floor.”
Lana M. H. Wilder

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