Ossification centers of the ankle

Assoc Prof Craig Hacking and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Ossification centers of the ankle vary in timing from reference-to-reference but an approximation is listed below.

Distal tibia
  • tibial shaft: 7 weeks in utero
  • distal tibia: 4-12 months
    • medial malleolus forms from the distal tibial epiphyses at 7-10 years
Distal fibula
  • fibula shaft: 8 weeks in utero
  • distal fibular: 6-12 months
Talus
  • 6 months in utero
Calcaneus
  • 3 months in utero
Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 24708
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ossification centres of ankle
  • Ankle ossification centres

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: tibia ossification centers (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 2: tibia ossification centers (Gray's illustration)
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