Podiatrists work on not only feet, but they also treat ankle injuries and issues daily. There are injuries in the bone and muscle, diseases, and many other ailments that can affect your ankles. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we’ve just about seen it all! We thought we’d put together some comprehensive information on what your ankle does. Read on to learn more ankle info.
Awesome Ankle Anatomy:
Your ankle is made up of seven bones, called tarsals. Just like all other parts of your body, these bones are held together by ligaments and muscles. Those muscles and ligaments also connect your ankle to your foot. Your ankle acts as an anchor, connecting your lower leg bones – the tibia and fibula – to your foot.
Your ankle acts as a joint or connection between your legs and feet, actually allowing us to move around. It helps to keep us upright and helps to maintain balance when we’re standing or moving. Because of the complex joints, muscles, and ligaments within the ankle, it is flexible enough to shift front and back. This motion allows your body the flexibility it needs to run, jump, walk, and move any way you want!
Your ankles are susceptible to sprains, tears, breaks, and other painful injuries. Ankle sprains can also lead to a condition called Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain. Often, with conditions like arthritis, ankles can lock up as well. If your ankle locks up or becomes immobile, your body will turn to other parts to counteract the pressure and strain of movements. This will add extra pressure on your knees, feet, and hips, which will cause aches and pains down the line.
If you’re suffering from an ankle injury, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!