OverviewThe ankle is a very important joint. It allows you to walk, run, skip, jump, and shift your body weight. It stabilizes you as you move across uneven ground.
Update Date 10/24/2012
Updated by: A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz; and Gregory C. Berlet, MD, and Jaymes Granata, MD, Ohiohealth Research Institute at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle, Westerville, OH. Previously reviewed by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery (2/19/2011).