The ankle is a joint primarily made up of 3 bones and many ligaments. The muscles of the lower leg and feet act to stabilize the ankle along with their primary functions. When imbalances occur in these muscles ankle stability is lost and the chance of injury greatly increases.
Commonly, the calf becomes overactive, weakening the anterior tibalis or shin muscles and changing the arches of the foot. Ankle motion or foot rising is lost causing the toe raising muscles to be recruited. These overactive muscles begin to produce extra stress on the shin. Over time stress pulls on the tibia leading to pain.
As the muscle imbalance grows the ankle becomes more unstable. The ligaments are continuously stretched and pushed to their limits. At this point, ankle sprains and strains can occur.
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