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1. the joint between the leg and foot.
2. the area around this joint (see illustration).
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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Synonym(s): ankle joint
2. The region of the ankle joint.
3. Synonym(s): tarsus
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


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.
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1. Synonym(s): ankle joint.
2. The region of the ankle joint.
3. Synonym(s): talus.
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Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


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).
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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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Malreduction of syndesmosis injury associated with malleolar ankle fracture can be avoided using Weber's three indexes in the mortise view.
CONCLUSION: In or present study of 20 patients with ankle fractures that were unstable, displaced or both treated surgically by Open reduction and internal fixation in accordance with AO principles.
All patients who underwent open reduction and internal fixation of an ankle fracture at New York University Medical Center or the Hospital for Joint Diseases by three attending traumatologists from December 28, 2009, to February 14, 2011, were asked to participate in this study.
Predictors of short- term functional outcome following ankle fracture surgery.
To evaluate the costs associated with ankle fracture complications, we designed a case control analysis where we matched patients who developed complications after ankle fracture surgery ("cases") to those who did not develop complications (controls).
Michelson JD, Magid D, McHale K 2007 Clinical utility of a stability-based ankle fracture classification system Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 21 307-315
Summary: Chelsea have announced that Ashley Cole will be out for approximately three months with an ankle fracture.
But her chances of being able to skate today have been described as "50/50" after she sustained the left 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.