Ankle joint: want to learn more about it?
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This study unit will teach you how to:
- Learn about the bones that form the ankle joint and their articulating surfaces.
- Name the main ligaments that reinforce the ankle joint.
- Get familiar with the movements performed at the ankle joint.
The ankle joint is located between the leg and foot of the lower limb and is also known as the talocrural joint. It is formed by the articular surfaces of the distal parts (malleoli) of the tibia and fibula and the body of the talus and is classified as a type of synovial hinge joint. This joint is supported by a set of strong ankle ligaments providing it with stabilization to manage the entire body weight against the ground forces below it.
Watch the following video and learn everything you should know about the ankle joint, its articulations, ligaments and movements.
Take a quiz
Now that you have watched the video about the ankle joint, test your knowledge by taking our quiz about the bones and ligaments associated with it.
Customize the following quiz in order to test your knowledge about the bones, muscles and ligaments of the entire foot region.
Revise everything that you have learned by analyzing each structure of the ankle joint through our atlas gallery:
|Joint type||Synovial hinge joint; uniaxial|
|Articulating surfaces||Articular facet of medial malleolus, articular facet of lateral malleolus, trochlea of talus|
Medial collateral (deltoid): tibionavicular, tibiocalcaneal, anterior tibiotalar, posterior tibiotalar ligaments
Lateral collateral: anterior talofibular, posterior talofibular, calcaneofibular ligaments
|Movements||Dorsiflexion, plantar flexion|
Continue your learning
If you are just getting warmed up with the anatomy of the foot, you can expand your knowledge by learning about other joints of the lower limb.