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What is the function of phalanges?

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August 23, 2013 11:01PM

The phalanges are in the skeleton system. They are the bones at the tips of your fingers and toes. The phalanges in your fingers allow you to pick up things and generally just allow you to move your fingers, and the phalanges in your toes allow you to walk, balance and stay upright. They grip things. They are your fingers (and toes). Their main function is to be able to pick things up and put them down. And the function of the phalanges is to provide dexterity to the hand. To provide structure to your feet and hands. There are 3 phalanges (the proximal, middle, and distal phalanx) in most of the fingers and toes. However, the thumb and large toe have only two phalanges that accounts for their being shorter.
You can flex or extend the fingers because of phalanges only. Importance of fingers can not be over emphasised.