Lower Extremity

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The lower extremity refers to the part of the body from the hip to the toes. The lower extremity includes the hip, knee, and ankle joints, and the bones of the thigh, leg, and foot.

Many people refer to the lower extremity as the leg. In fact, the leg is the part of the body between the knee and ankle joints. The proper way to describe the lower limb is the 'lower extremity.'

In anatomic terms, the body is described as follows:

Upper Extremity

  • Arm: the segment between the shoulder joint and the elbow joint
  • Forearm: the segment between the elbow joint and the wrist joint

Lower Extremity

  • Thigh: the segment between the hip joint and the knee joint
  • Leg: the segment between the knee joint and the ankle joint

These may seem like minor details, however, they are important as when medical information is transferred between hospitals and doctors, it is important to use the same language. 

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