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Outer ankle ligaments. Computer artwork of the bones and ligaments (white) of the right foot and ankle seen from the side. The two lower leg bones (upper left) are the fibula and tibia (behind fibula). In the foot, from left to right, are the heel bone (calcaneus), the tarsal bones, the metatarsals, and the phalanges (toes). The tibia and fibula articulate with the talus bone in the foot to form the ankle joint. Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous connective tissue that hold the bones of a joint together. These ligaments of the outer side of the ankle, named for the bones they join, are the tibiofibular, talofibular, and calcaneofibular.
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