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ankle

 [ang´k'l]
1. the joint between the leg and foot.
2. the area around this joint (see illustration).
Ankle.
The ankle is a hinge joint formed by the junction of the tibia and fibula with the talus (ankle bone). The bones are cushioned by cartilage and connected by a number of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that strengthen the joint and enable it to be moved. Because it is in almost constant use, the ankle is particularly susceptible to injuries, such as sprain and fracture. It is also often one of the first joints to be affected by arthritis or gout.
tarsus (def. 2).
ankle cuff a weighted strip wrapped around the ankle and closed with a Velcro band; used during exercise.

an·kle

(ang'kl),
1. Synonym(s): ankle joint
2. The region of the ankle joint.
3. Synonym(s): tarsus

ankle

/an·kle/ (ang´k'l)
1. the joint between the leg and foot.
2. the region of this joint.
3. tarsus.

ankle

(ăng′kəl)
n.
1. The joint formed by the articulation of the lower leg bones with the talus. The ankle connects the foot with the leg.
2. The slender section of the leg immediately above the foot.

ankle

Etymology: AS, ancleow
1 the joint of the tibia and fibula of the leg with the talus of the foot.
2 the part of the lower limb where this joint is located.

an·kle

(ang'kĕl)
1. Synonym(s): ankle joint.
2. The region of the ankle joint.
3. Synonym(s): talus.
[A.S. ancleon]

ankle

The joint between the lower ends of the TIBIA and FIBULA and the upper surface of the talus bone of the foot. The talus sits on top of the heel bone (calcaneum).

ankle,

n 1. anatomical area (joint) just above the foot.
2. in craniosacral therapy, one of two places on the body where the caregiver lays both hands and determines the vitality and bounty of cerebrospinal fluid. See also listening posts.

ankle

a human anatomical term often applied to dogs when referring to the hock joint.

Patient discussion about ankle

Q. What Causes ankle Swelling? My son woke up this morning with a red, swollen ankle. What could cause this situation?

A. A swollen and red ankle suggest either a traumatic injury to the joint or an infection in the joint, adjacent tissues or bones. This is an emergency and it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the joint loses its ability to perform movements in all directions.

Q. What do you do for a sprained ankle?

A. R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

Q. How does ice help a sprained ankle or other injury? While I exercise I often get sprain. I have seen many times that ice is used as a first aid for sprains. How does ice help a sprained ankle or other injury?

A. it does two helpful things- lower the pain (cold can do that) and prevent swelling. the swelling is a body normal reaction that protects the area that was injured. but we would like to avoid it because it'll strain us.

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References in periodicals archive ?
Distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injuries are usually associated with ankle fractures, especially common in Denis B and C fractures.
Ankle fractures are the most common type of fractures treated by orthopedic surgeons.
Demographic data, including age, sex, type of ankle fracture, and time to the operating room, were recorded for all consenting patients.
Ankle fractures are among the most common surgically treated fractures.
Michelson JD, Magid D, McHale K 2007 Clinical utility of a stability-based ankle fracture classification system Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 21 307-315
Factors that have been suggested to influence outcome following ankle fracture include fracture management (Hancock et al 2005, Lash et al 2002, Makwana et al 2001, Phillips et al 1985, Rowley et al 1986), fracture severity (Beris et al 1997, Broos and Bisschop 1991, Hancock et al 2005, Kennedy et al 1998, Zenker and Nerlich 1982), and ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (Hancock et al 2005).
Feel for tenderness, especially over bones--it's important to rule out an ankle fracture or dislocation before treating the injury as a sprain.
Also taken by Life Flight was Noel Ellis, 31, also of 15 Tolman Road, for a severe right ankle fracture.
In June 2007, Call for Health received a phone call from a farmworker in New Mexico who had suffered an ankle fracture after falling off a ladder at home.
Ankle fracture classification: A comparison of reliability of three x-ray views versus two.
Lions scrum-half Cusiter was taken to hospital with what looked like yet another shoulder injury, while exciting young back-row star Beattie sustained a suspected ankle fracture.
Vioreanu acknowledged, adding that it nonetheless provides useful information and encouraging results with regard to operating on elderly patients with ankle fracture.