Ankle injuries are among the most common sports-related injuries to the leg. The ankle is a complex joint formed by three bones: the tibia (shinbone), fibula (smaller calf bone) and talus (a bone located between the heel bone and the bottom ends of the tibia and fibula). Specific parts of the tibia and fibula make up the ankle joint. The inside part of the tibia is called the medial malleolus, and the end of the fibula is called the lateral malleolus.
The ankle is stabilized by the bony architecture as well as three distinct groups of ligaments: the syndesmotic ligaments, the lateral collateral ligaments and the medial collateral ligaments.
Our Approach to Ankle Fracture
Broken ankles may require surgery, depending on the type and severity of the fracture. At UCSF, our team includes highly trained orthopedic surgeons who specialize in repairing the small tendons and bones of the ankle and foot, as well as podiatrists, physical therapists and pedorthists (specialists in modified footwear and supportive devices for the lower leg). Our goals are to relieve pain and restore mobility, so patients can return to their normal lives and the activities they enjoy. We offer doctor's appointments, medical imaging and physical therapy in one convenient location.
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