The ankle joint is an important joint which helps us to walk. The joint is made up of bones, ligaments and muscles.
As in all joints, smooth cartilage covers the end of bones to reduce friction.
The ankle ligaments and capsule (the bag that surrounds the joint), prevent the bones moving in the wrong direction. The muscles surrounding the ankle also help to hold the joint in place and produce movement.
Problems with ankles and feet are common. See below for information on conditions/self help.