Your ankle lets your foot move up and down and from side to side. While your ankle is strong enough to support the weight of your body, it’s also easily injured. Even a minor ankle injury can be painful.

While your ankle is strong enough to support the weight of your entire body, it also injures easily, and even a minor ankle injury can be incredibly painful.

What is the ankle?

The ankle is actually made up of two joints, along with ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The joints are:

  • True ankle joint.
  • Subtalar joint.

The true ankle joint has three bones:

  • The shin bone (tibia).
  • The calf bone next to the shin bone (fibula).
  • The ankle bone (talus), a small bone between the shin and calf bones and the calcaneus (heel bone).

The subtalar joint has two bones:

  • The talus.
  • The calcaneus.

Ligaments, tendons, and muscles hold the ankle in place and keep it stable:

  • Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones or cartilage. They support and strengthen joints. (Tissue is the material that helps support your body).
  • Tendons are tough but flexible cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone.
  • Muscles are tissues that help your ankle move and helps support your body.

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Finding the treatment that’s right for your ankle problem is our focus at The Orthopedic Health Center. We use non-surgical treatments whenever possible. When you do need surgery, our expert surgeons help you heal faster and with less pain. All right in your neighborhood: Hoboken, New Jersey.