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The bones of the human foot (from the dorsal view).

A foot is the part of the skeletal system of an animal or a human that the organism normally walks upon.

The human foot is one of the most intricate structures in the human body. Consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, the foot is truly marvelous.[1] The intelligent design behind the foot is clearly displayed through its qualities and abilities. The human foot combines strength with intricacy, rigidity with a shock absorbing frame, and durability with fine motor flexibility. The foot is a testament to the ingenuity and genius of God’s creation.

Our feet have an automatic transmission built in as part of their design. During running, the bones in our feet automatically engage during the moment the foot strikes the ground. This way the bones in our feet make lever arms which are the kept to a low gear ratio when the foot strikes, and shifts automatically to a higher gear ratio as your weight moves over the toe. This allows the calf muscle to work at a lower velocity and thus provide more power to move the body forward. It is difficult to imagine how such a precise mechanism just appeared over time.[2].


  1. Author Unknown. The Human Foot. Online University. Web. Accessed 11 February 2013.
  2. Running: The Human Foot Uses Automatic Transmission by David Kaufmann, CRSQ 32(4):220 in March 1996