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What Is the Distal Phalanx?

The Distal Phalanx is the bone found at the end of the toes and fingers. The Distal Phalanx’s most evident function is to cater to the nail at the tips of the fingers, which is why they are also sometimes referred to ungula phalanges. Lastly their position at the tips or ends of the body make their being called terminal phalanges very natural. When comparing the structure of the terminal phalanges of humans with those of animals, other mammals specifically, it will be observed that those of human are wider and flatter are then those of the other animals.

The structures of the distal phalanges are such that they are generally shape like horseshoes. The season for this shape is so that a kind of protected hollow is formed in the middle of the bone where spongy and softer tissues of the fingers and toes may be kept. Distal phalanges in the fingers will be much bigger then those of the toes. A very prominent but easily disregarded portion of the distal phalanges is the apical tufts, which are where the nails will grow.

Being positioned at the end of a person’s body makes it so that little support can be given to this bone segment and that it will almost always be the first part of the body to come in contact will new and different things. This gives the distal phalanges a very high chance of being injured. People who play basketball will often receive a finger injury. The most common kind of treatment to this kind of injury is to brace, splint, or cast the offended finger so that the body may heal its self undisturbed.

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