What are the two bones found in the area between the knee and ankle?

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The bones in question are the tibia and the fibula. Both the tibia and the fibula are classified as long bones. You can remember which is which with the simple mnemonic that the Tibia is the Top bone - if you rub your shin, the tibia is the one you will be touching. The tibia is by far the heavier of the two, bearing much of the body's weight. It is the second largest bone in the human body; only the femur, or thighbone, is larger. Interestingly the position of the tibia is slightly different in men and in women - in a man's leg the tibia is normally vertical, whereas in a woman's leg it slants outward slightly toward the knee.

The fibula is sometimes called the calf bone. Its job is stabilization of the lower leg, particularly at the ankle. The fibula lies parallel to the tibia and is lateral to it, meaning to the outside. The lower tuberosity (swelling) of the fibula forms the outside bone of the ankle.


thewanderlust878 | Student

The two bones in question are the tibia and the fibula. The fibula is the long, thin and lateral bone of the lower leg. It runs parallel to the tibia, or shin bone, and plays a significant role in stabilizing the ankle and supporting the muscles of the lower leg. The tibia is the larger and stronger of the two lower leg bones. It forms the knee joint with the femur and the ankle joint with the fibula and tarsus.

Hope this helps!

sid-sarfraz | Student

The two bones are as follows:-

  1. Tibia
  2. Fibula


Tibia is also known as shin bone or shank bone. It connects the knee with the ankle bone. It is the heaviest, strongest and largest bone of the body. 

The main function of the tibia is to support the weight of the body and its legs movements making it easy for someone to walk, run, etc.


Fibula is also known as the calf bone. It is located parallel to tibia. It is long but the slenderest bone in the body. It is connected to tibia supporting it.

The main function of fibula is to support the muscles of lower leg, stabilizing the ankle.

bethlaw | Student

the tibia and fibula