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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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The most common procedures performed on patients with preoperative ankle MRI studies.
01) with ankle MRI studies in favor of the orthopaedic group for Phase 2.
Then, with the aim of improving and optimizing impaired movement control, specifically for athletes, rehabilitation training after ankle sprain injuries should focus on the restoration and enhancement of neuromuscular abilities (Zech et al.
Each participant completed a self-report questionnaire (Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool; CaIT, a 9-item 30-point scale), which was developed to measure the severity (cut-off score < 24) of functional ankle instability (Hiller et al.
Those who had a severe ankle sprain ran even fewer miles and at the slowest speeds.
We can't know, of course, if we'll suffer the same decline in lifelong activity from a sprained ankle.
Physical therapy is valuable for strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments weakened by ankle injury.
Because ankle injuries raise your risk of further damage, proper treatment and rehabilitation are vital, Dr.
Nearly 40% of individuals who sustain at least one acute (rapid onset) lateral ankle sprain experience residual symptoms, such as a sensation of the ankle "giving way," which leads to chronic ankle instability (CAI).
gender, age, year in school, years participating in dance, and history of ankle fracture and sprain for each limb.
After excluding studies involving invasive measurement techniques [28-30], animal-based methods [31-32], image-based methods [25-26,33-35], diagnosis of ankle injuries [2,36-39], and management of ankle injuries [3,40-44], there were a total of 76 publications identified for further analysis.
These participants comprised both healthy volunteers and patients with diverse ankle injuries.