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All About Ankle Injuries

The ankle joint is a hinge type joint that participates in movement and is involved in lower limb stability. It's formed where your leg meets with your foot. The ankle consists of three bones, the tibia (one of the lower leg bones), the fibula (the other lower leg bone) and the talus. There are four major ligaments in the ankle - the deltoid ligament, anterior talofibular ligament, the posterior talofibular ligament, and the calcaneofibular ligament.

There are two types of motions that take place at the ankle joint: dorsiflexion and plantar flexion. Dorsiflexion involves bringing the dorsum (back) of the foot towards the anterior surface of the leg. Such movement is necessary in order to have the foot contact the ground heel first during heel strike and to allow the foot to clear the ground during the swing phase of gait. Plantar flexion occurs when the toes are in contact with the ground and the heel is raised off of the ground (toe raises). This movement provides the propulsive force necessary to lift the limb off the ground and start it swinging forward during the toe off portion of gait. During midstance, when the lower limb supports the weight of the torso, the ankle is in its most stable configuration, which is the dorsiflexed position.

Common Ankle Injuries

Your ankles and feet are an important part of everyday movement because they support the weight of your entire body. They are prone to overuse injuries and ankle foot pain from incorrect posture. Learn more about the most common ankle and foot injuries - causes, symptoms and treatment.

Achilles Bursitis Achilles Tendonitis Ankle Instability Ankle Sprain
Ankle Stress Fracture Arch Pain Ball of Foot Pain Broken Ankle
Cavus Foot Flat Foot Heel Pain Heel Spurs
Osteoarthritis of the Ankle Plantar Fasciitis Ankle Exercises

Need an Ankle Brace?

If you have have injured your ankle, focus on resting your ankle and stopping any activity that aggravates it. Combining RICE treatment with an ankle brace will help you recover faster and help prevent further injury. We have a wide variety of ankle braces for general support to ones specific to ankle injuries. Browse our selection of ankle braces or contact one of our brace experts at to find the right brace for you.

Mild Support Braces for Sprained Ankles
Moderate Support Support for Achilles Tendonitis
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