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Ankle pain and tendinitis facts
The ankle is a "hinged" joint.

Ankle pain can be caused by injury or disease of the ankle joint.

The severity of ankle sprains ranges from mild (whichcan resolve within 24 hours) to severe (which can require surgical repair).

Tendinitis of the ankle can be caused by trauma
or inflammatory arthritis.


How is the ankle designed, and what is theankle's
function?
The ankle isa "hinged" joint capable of moving the foot in two primary directions: away fromthe body (plantar flexion) and toward the body (dorsiflexion). It is formed bythe meeting of three bones. The end of the shinbone of the leg (tibia) and asmall bone in the leg (fibula) meet a large bone in the foot, called the talus,to form the ankle. The end of the shinbone (tibia) forms the inner portion ofthe ankle, while the end of the fibula forms the outer portion of the ankle. Thehard, bony knobs on each side of the ankle are called the malleoli. These providestability to the ankle joints, which function as weight-bearing joints for thebody during standing and walking.

Ligaments on each side of the ankle also provide
stability by tightly strapping the outside of the ankle (lateral
malleolus) with the lateral collateral ligaments and the inner
portion of the ankle (medial malleolus) with the medial collateral
ligaments. The ankle joint is surrounded by a fibrous joint capsule.
Tendons that attach the large muscles of the leg to the foot
wrap around the ankle both from the front and behind. The large
tendon (Achilles tendon) of the calf muscle passes behind
the ankle and attaches at the back of the heel. A large tendon
of the leg muscle (posterior tibial tendon) passes behind the
medial malleolus. The peroneal tendon passes behind the lateral
malleolus to attach into the foot.

The normal ankle has the ability to move the foot,
from the neutral right-angle position to approximately 45 degrees
of plantar flexion and to approximately 20 degrees of dorsiflexion.
The powerful muscles that move the ankle are located in the front
and back portions of the leg. These muscles contract and relax
during walking.


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