Each of your feet contains 26 bones, combined that's over ¼ of the bones in your body.
Each of your toes, with the exception of the big toe, is made up of 3 bones in a row, called phalanges. The big toe has 2 phalanges.
The phalange on each toe is labelled according to whether it's the one at the end of your toe, in the middle, or closest to the main part of your foot.
So for the 4 smaller toes (the ones that have 3 phalanges), the bones are:
The big toe doesn't have a medial phalange; it only has a distal and proximal.
The toes (that is, the line of phalanges making up the toe) are numbered:
Behind each of the toes (phalanges) are the metatarsal bones.
Each of the metatarsals is a larger extension of the phalanges. They're numbered in the same way, so the first metatarsal is the long bone behind the big toe, and so on.
The metatarsals lie between the phalanges and the large collection of bones in the mid- and hind-foot, called the tarsus or tarsal bones.
The tarsus is a collection of bones that articulate together to allow a complex set of motions - needed to provide stablity when we walk. If we just had a single bone instead of this collection, we wouldn't be able to walk with a spring in our step!
The bones that make up the tarsus are:
If you've stubbed your little toe hard and broken it, then you're likely to know that there's little you can do: you've just got to splint it and rest it as best you can.
If you've broken one of the other phalanges or the metatarsals, then the chances it means a trip to A&E. Metatarsal injuries are common footballers, with the lightweight design of football boots.
If you break one of the bones of the tarsus - through a tackle, a skiing accident, or in some other way, then you're going to be in a cast for quite some time whilst the bones heal.