Studying the ankle anatomy using visual illustration will make you understand the concept and parts of the anatomy better. This page provides ankle diagrams with the labels to show the parts of the ankle. The ankle is the joint between the foot and leg, composed of three separate bones. Given below is the first labeled ankle diagram which shows you the different parts of the inner ankle.
Shown in the ankle diagram above, the inner bone is the tibia, or shinbone, which supports most of a person’s weight when standing. The outer bone is the fibula or calf bone. The tibia and fibula are joined to the talus, or ankle bone, which is one of the major tarsal bones (bones at the back of the foot) and is located underneath the other two. The ankle is reinforced by a number of ligaments that connect the bones of this joint. These ligaments are fibrous tissue that usually connects bone to bone. The ligaments of the ankle include the deltoid, anterior talofibular, calcaneofibular, and posterior talofibular ligaments.
The deltoid ligament supports the medial side of the joint, and is attached at the medial malleolus of the tibia and connect in four places to the talar shelf of the calcaneus, calcaneonavicular ligament, the navicular tuberosity, and to the medial surface of the talus. The anterior and posterior talofibular ligaments support the lateral side of the joint from the lateral malleolus of the fibula to the dorsal and ventral ends of the talus. The calcaneofibular ligament is attached at the lateral malleolus and to the lateral surface of the calcaneus.
All of the parts of the ankle anatomy are shown in the diagrams. If you want to use these ankle diagrams as a reference or study aid, just click on the image and make sure to download the image! Check back soon for more educational diagrams!