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The ankle joint distributes weight within the foot to allow for mobility. Three bones make up the joint (tibia, fibula, and talus) and are responsible for allowing the foot to move up and down. The two categories of ligaments in the ankle (lateral and medial collateral) work with the three bones to stabilize and support the ankle joint where the muscles and tendons help create movement, such as walking, running, and jumping.
Sprains and fractures are the common ankle problems that Heartland Orthopedic Specialists physicians treat. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments, whereas a fracture is a break in the bone. These conditions are commonly caused by sports-related injuries, but occupation, age, and lifestyle could be causes as well.
Heartland Orthopedic Specialists provides nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for injuries and conditions of the ankle. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons believe in exhausting nonoperative options before considering surgery. To learn more about this area of this body, click here or please call (800) 762-1177 to schedule an appointment.
WELCOME, JAMES H. NELSON, M.D. | Join us in welcoming our newest specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon, James H. Nelson, M.D. Dr. Nelson is available to see patients in Alexandria and Willmar.x