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Ankle illustrationThe ankle joint is formed by the connection of three bones; the talus, which is the ankle bone, and the tibia and fibula (the lower leg bones). It’s a hinge joint, but its unique construction also allows it to swivel and turn smoothly.

When we walk, the ankle bears 1.5 times our weight; when we run, it bears 8 times our weight. This strong, dependable joint can be seriously strained if these pressures are applied when the foot or leg is twisted, causing the ankle to be injured.

Common problems with the ankle

Diagnosis at MultiCare

Ankle MR2Your initial appointment with a MultiCare orthopedic physician will include a full evaluation of your symptoms and recent activities. Establishing the source of the problem is the first step and will help determine your course of care. We may require x-rays, an MRI or a CT scan.

Treatment at MultiCare

MultiCare physicians are experienced in a wide range of treatment options for ankle pain, injury and aging, which might include: