The ankle and foot complex is made up of 22 bones, which form 33 joints. The foot and ankle is designed to be strong and agile enough to quickly adapt to changes in the ground surface. The foot and ankle is designed to enable equal distribution of body weight through the foot whilst maintaining balance. The joints of the foot and ankle are supported by over one hundred ligaments and several muscles.
To maintain the equilibrium between strength, agility and balance the movements at each joint are very intricate. The most common injuries in the foot and ankle are ligament sprains and muscular strains. These sort of injuries are often minor and can be managed using the principles of POLICE under the guidance of a physiotherapist.
Occasionally, more severe trauma can occur in the form of fractures or stress fractures overtime. If you have had a traumatic injury and are unable to weight bear, you must seek an urgent medical assessment. For non-traumatic injuries management involves a combination of strengthening and balance exercise using the principles of POLICE under the guidance of a physiotherapist.
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