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    Re: Intrinsic foot muscles .The heart of balance ?

    So to summarize the thead , we evolved from a gibbon like ancestor which learned to walk on feet best suited for brachiation . The divergent first ray would have given a big toe that resembles the thumb of our hand and this would have helped with mediolateral balance during upright walking .

    Committing to terrestrial bipedalism would have led to the first ray coming into line with the rest of the foot and the formation of the "talocalcaneal stack " would ,amongst other things ,have allowed the muscles of the hallux and the associated neural mechanisms to continue to contribute to mediolateral balance whilst still allowing a foot with a non divergent first ray .
    Last edited by Gerrard Farrell; 01-24-2018 at 04:09 AM.

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