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What is the ankle?

The ankle joint connects the foot and the leg. The ankle joint has three interlocking bones - the shin bone (tibia), a thinner bone running alongside the shin bone (fibula), and the heel bone (talus). The bones are stabilized by muscles, tendons and ligaments. There are two major groups of ligaments on either side of the ankle joint, which allows for the ankle's normal range of movement and nothing further. Damage to these ligaments result in ankle sprain.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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