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The forefoot is the anterior aspect of the foot, composed of the five metatarsal bones, the fourteen phalanges and associated soft tissue structures.[1][2] It is a common site of pathology in podiatry, and is the anatomic region involved in such conditions as hallux valgus, hallux rigidus, and Morton's neuroma, among others.[3] In cases of severe deformity, such as in Charcot joints seen with diabetic neuropathy, the forefoot can be reconstructed by arthroplasty.[4]


In classic boats and ships, the forefoot is a part connecting the keel to the stem.[5]


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  2. ^ "Rear-foot, mid-foot and fore-foot motion during the stance phase of gait". Gait & Posture. 25: 453–462. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2006.05.017.
  3. ^ V Hetherington. Hallux Valgus and Forefoot Surgery.
  4. ^ The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. "Arthroplasty of the forefoot" (PDF).
  5. ^ Classic Ship Construction Notes - Part One -