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Ankle Injuries Yes if we did not have it or if it is broken fractured sprained etc life can be a little difficult The ankle is a very important tool in the art of walking running even standing The average ankle consists of bones such as the Talus and Calcaneus The thickened portion of the fibula called the medial malleolus forms the ankle joint or talocrural joint sometimes-called ankle mortise The ankle joint allows two motions plantarflexion and dorsiflexion Stretching strengthening of key muscles improving neuromuscular control proper footwear and proper taping or bracing can prevent many ankle injuries Since the ankles support the entire weight of the body the ankles are particularly susceptible to injury An estimated two million people are treated for ankle sprains and strains annually and ankle fractures are among the most common injuries treated by orthopedists The most common type of ankle injury is a sprain and usually results when the ankle is twisted or inverted The term sprain signifies injury to the soft tissues usually the ligaments of the ankle On the lateral side of the ankle there are three ligaments that make up the lateral ligament complex These include the anterior talofibular ligament ATF the calcanerfibular ligament CF and the posterior talofibular ligament PTF The very common inversion injury to the ankle usually injures the anterior talofibular ligament and the calcaneofibular ligament The ATF ligament keeps the ankle from sliding forward and the CF ligament keeps the ankle from rolling over on its side The ankle is a hinge joint that connects the lower leg bones with the foot through many tough fiber cords called ligaments Because of these ligament bridges the ankle is quite strong and able to handle a lot of force and movement If an ankle is twisted it often can result in an injury to these ligaments An ankle strain occurs when the ligaments are stretched beyond their normal limit An ankle
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