The ankle is made up of numerous bones that are supported by muscles and ligaments that balance and stabilize your body. Ankle disorders can result from damage to the bones, muscles, or soft tissues in and around the ankle. The ankle is the most frequently injured joint in the human body, with more than 20,000 ankle sprains occurring each day in the United States alone. Some of the more common ankle problems include; arthritis, tendon tears, fractures, sprains, and OCD’s (Osteochondral Defects/Lesions).
The causes of ankle disorders vary and can range from everyday activities, such as running and jumping, to sports-related injuries that are caused by overuse. Symptoms can include; pain, stiffness, swelling, mobility problems, inability to put weight on the ankle, bruising, and more.
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