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I understand the ball of a foot is where the toes join with the rest of the foot. But I don't think it looks like a ball. Why is it called a "ball"?

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Did you read the faq? –  MετάEd Aug 14 '12 at 3:37

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Actually it is because it looks like a ball. It is fairly prominent in this image*:

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The ball of the foot is: "The padded portion of the sole of the human foot between the toes and the arch, on which the weight of the body rests when the heel is raised."

*Image from http://www.drcomfort.com/your-feet/ball

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Thanks! Which part is called the toe, the part below the big toe, or the part below the five toes? The former looks partially like a ball, but the latter doesn't. BTW: when measuring foot size, the measurement for ball is the circumference for the borderline between all five toes and the arch, which suggests the ball is the part below five toes. –  Tim Aug 14 '12 at 6:07
    
@Tim, did you mean to ask which part is called the ball? You are right, it's the part below all five toes. As the definition I cited says, it is the part on which your body weight rests when the heel is raised. However, it is named for the largest metatarsal bone that looks like a ball. visual.merriam-webster.com/human-being/anatomy/skeleton/… –  JLG Aug 14 '12 at 13:45
    
Yes, I meant ball. Thanks! –  Tim Aug 14 '12 at 14:00

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