Do you like to run, jump, skip, waltz, second line, or two-step? Well if so, then I would say you're a happy and active person. If not, and if this reason is due to pain, then all that noise could've started right down in your ankle. I know you're thinking, why would the pain in my hip, shin, knee, or lower back start at my little bitty ankle, but let's think it through for a bit. If the feet are the tires of your body, connecting you to the road, then your ankles are your axels transmitting force generated by the feet to create movement. Whether it's bad axles on a car or bad ankles on the body, no matter how nice the shoes or how big the rims, you're gonna stay parked.
The ankle joint is made up of the ends of three bones: tibia (the shin bone), fibula (runs next to the shin), and talus (the bone right above the heel). The ankle is responsible for the up (flexion) and down (extension) motion of the foot. This is important in understanding your hip and knee pain during motion, because weak ankles: reduce your leg power, increase motion stress on the hips & knees (i.e. your pain), reduce balance/stability, and pretty much ensures your dance moves will never be called funky fresh. Let's avoid being one of the 5 million Americans the Mayo Clinic reports suffers an ankle injury yearly, by adding in a few exercises to strengthen your ankles:
Stay Active, Stay Strong,
James F. Thomas