Doctors conducting ankle exam at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Fracture Clinic

Jul 06, 2016 / Fractures

“Walk It Off, It’s Just an Ankle Sprain.”…. Or Is It? – Fracture Clinic Tips

The ankle is one of the most commonly injured body parts in children of all ages. An ankle sprain usually occurs when the ligaments, which support the three ankle bones, are stretched beyond their normal limits. This often occurs when the ankle is twisted or rolled inwards. When this happens, the ligaments can stretch or even tear, and oftentimes a “pop” is reported to be heard or felt at the time of the injury. When a child or adolescent with open growth plates twists or rolls their ankle, it can actually result in a fracture of the growth plate rather than a sprain to the ligament.

Ray Kleposki, a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Fracture Clinic Nurse Practitioner, tells us, “An evaluation by a pediatric orthopedic specialist can help to prevent potential complications. Usually X-rays are required to make a diagnosis and treatment will depend on multiple factors, including the specific type of injury and age of the patient.”

Not all ankle injuries are preventable; however, there are some steps you can take to decrease the risk. Be sure your child:

  1. Wears appropriate shoes for each activity, e.g., do not run in sandals or flip-flops.
  2. Has properly fitting shoes that are tied or fastened correctly.
  3. Warms up and stretches prior to sporting events, including practices.
  4. Plays on well-maintained fields without divots or large holes.

Bumps and bruises are a normal part of kids being kids! However, if your child has an ankle injury or broken bone, you may call our Fracture Clinic directly at 469-515-7200. Learn more about our Fracture Clinic.

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