Ankle Joint and Injuries

Ankle Joint and Injuries | Mend Clinic Orthopedic Urgent Care, Salem

Ankle Joint and Injuries

The human body has various types of joints, and the type can dictate vulnerabilities and potential for injuries. The ankle, or talocrural joint, is a type of synovial joint that is created with the two bones of the leg (tibia and fibula) and the foot’s talus bone. In terms of function, it’s a hinge joint like the elbow. It moves in two directions, up (dorsiflexion) and down (plantarflexion).

Hinge joints are some of the steadiest and strongest in the body. When there’s relatively less movement availability, that means the joint has a better chance of staying in the correct position. Unlike the shoulder and hip, which are very mobile, the ankle is steady. After all, this joint bears all the weight of the body—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be injured.

Dislocations in the ankle joint are rare, but they do occur. More often, they’re considered a severe sprain. Sprains occur when ligaments are damaged or torn. When the ligaments in the ankle are damaged, it can be debilitating. Dislocations can happen without breaking a bone, and unlike shoulder dislocations, it’s not always “obvious” that you’ve dislocated your ankle.

A “rolled ankle” is another term for a sprained ankle, though it occurs when the foot moves side to side (eversion and inversion). Dubbed a “roll” because of the movement, this is a type of sprain that can be very dangerous since you are dealing with pain as well as a higher chance of falling and incurring more damages.

Get Help For Ankle Sprains, Dislocations, and Other Injuries at Mend Clinic in Salem

Ankle sprains can come with a variety of pain degrees. However, even seemingly minor sprains require medical attention. Once a ligament has been damaged, it can be difficult to heal. Ligaments don’t have good blood flow like muscles, which is why they are white instead of red. Blood is required for healing because it’s the platelets that have growth factors. Sprains may need medical intervention in order to heal correctly. If you have a sprained ankle, Mend Clinic is open daily for walk-ins and there are orthopedic specialists on site.