phalanx (plural: phalanges)

phalanx (plural: phalanges)

digital bone; there are 14 phalanges in each foot
  • distal phalanx; terminal phalanx (in toes 1-5) articulates proximally with head of intermediate (or proximal, in hallux) phalanx, dorsal surface accommodates the nail matrix

  • intermediate phalanx (in toes 2-5) articulates proximally with head of proximal phalanx and distally with base of distal phalanx; absent in the hallux

  • proximal phalanx (in toes 1-5) articulates proximally with metatarsal head and distally with base of intermediate (or distal, in hallux) phalanx