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The ankle bone (talus) and the ends of the two lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) form the ankle joint, which is stabilized and supported by three groups of ligaments. Muscles and tendons move the foot and ankle.
Glossary - D

Dermal ridges - ridges of the skin produced by the projecting papillae of the corium on the palm of the hand and sole of the foot, producing a fingerprint and footprint characteristic of the individual; called also dermal ridges.

Dextrality - the preferential use, in voluntary motor acts, of the right member of the major paired organs of the body, as the right eye, hand, or foot.

Didactylism - the presence of only two digits on a hand or foot.

Digital ray - a digit of the hand or foot and corresponding metacarpal or metatarsal bone, regarded as a continuous unit.

Dorsalis pedis pulse - the pulse felt on the top of the foot, between the first and second metatarsal bones. In 8 to 10 per cent of the population this pulse cannot be detected.