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.
Review Date 1/17/2013
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.