Ankle Ergo 1: Ankle Building Blocks

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  • It is worthwhile to take a closer look at the foot and ankle since more than 70% of the population will have a painful foot problem in their lifetime.
  • The ankle is an extremely complex joint. Each foot has 26 relatively small bones (accounting for almost 25% of the bones in our body), 150 ligaments, and many muscles, nerves and blood vessels.
  • While ankle sprains are pretty straightforward (we ‘lose control’ and overload the muscles, leading to a strain on the ligaments), there are also overuse injuries which can occur.
  • Jobs and tasks that are forceful or repetitive can overstress different parts of the ankle and foot. For example, injuries can impact the back of the ankle (Achilles tendonitis or tendinosis), the bottom of the foot (plantar fasciitis), the bones (stress fractures) or the bursa (can lead to an inflammation like a golf ball on the back of your heel).
  • We need to treat our ankles and feet well with proper support (footwear and insoles) as well as minimizing the awkward positions and impact forces so our feet work properly to provide necessary support for our back and legs.