If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site

Ankle Sprains in Children

Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00

Ankle sprains are a common occurrence in children because they are often engaged in physical activities that involve jumping, running, and changing direction abruptly. These sprains happen when the ligaments holding the bones in the ankle together become overly stretched, or torn. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include swelling, pain on the outside of the ankle, and bruising. While the RICE strategy (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) can help ease pain and swelling, a podiatrist should examine your child to rule out a broken ankle, and help treat more severe strains properly.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Ankle Sprains
Read 320 times
Connect with us