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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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magnetic resonance imaging and incidental findings of lateral ankle pathologic features with asymptomatic ankles.
Specifically, ankle injuries are among the most common injuries, with reported incidence rates as high as 58.
Additionally, the treatment group in the study included both athletes with healthy ankles and unstable ankles.
The subjective method of determining functional ankle instability has been questioned in previous studies because it is often deduced from a history of ankle sprain despite evidence that these ankles are not necessarily functionally unstable (Hiller et al.
As I was growing up, I repeatedly sprained my left ankle.
Several new studies suggest the effects of a single sprained ankle could be more serious than we ever imagined - it can alter how well and how much you move during your life.
Any of these injuries can cause instability in your ankle, increasing your risk of re-injury and setting the stage for pain and ankle arthritis later on.
I see it all the time," says Mark Berkowitz, MD, with Cleveland Clinic's Foot and Ankle Center.
Your footwear can drastically affect the stability and movement of your ankles, Turner notes.
If your ankle doesn't move properly through its full range of motion, this can cause problems in your knees and/or hips, as your body tries to compensate for the loss of mobility in your ankles.
During tests, patients are usually required to move their ankles with different speeds, and the ankle stiffness will be calculated as the derivative of torque over angular displacement.