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Middle Phalanges of Foot (Left)
Skeletal System

Middle Phalanges of Foot (Left)

Phalanges mediae pedis

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The middle phalanges of the foot are one of the three rows of bones of the toes, the other two being the proximal and distal phalanges. There are four middle phalanges of the foot, each classified as long bones, which form the middle segments of the second, third, fourth, and little toes. The great toe lacks a middle phalanx. The middle phalanges are located distal to the proximal phalanges and proximal to the distal phalanges of the toes.

Overall, the proximal phalanges are the largest and longest of the phalanges in the foot, the distal phalanges are the smallest and shortest, and the middle phalanges are intermediate in size.

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