Ankle Pain in children has many causes. The ankle is functioning as an important weight-bearing joint is formed by three bones: the tibia, fibula and slopes. The end of the tibia (shinbone) and the fibula bone end wraps around the smaller bottom, the main bone, to form a joint. Ankle injury and damage can result in severe pain and debilitating stiff function to run. Ankle pain in children is often caused by activities associated with injuries during sports. Some conditions may be associated with ankle pain to grow, given the rapid growth the child’s experience.

Ankle Pain in Children

Ankle Pain in Children

2 Common Causes of Ankle Pain in Children

  1. Ankle Sprain: Children sprain of the ankle is the most common type of sprain in children. Sprain is an injury to the ligaments or rope-like strands of tissue that connect bones. As adults, when a child sprain their ankle, ankle usually rotates inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. Sprains such common sports injury, especially in sports that involve running and jumping, landing from a jump, changing direction quickly, or a lot of stop-start. They are also common in children with poor foot function, especially oversupination (rolling out of the foot), which puts excessive force on the ankle bones and ligaments. If the child sprained their ankles, they may be in pain. Maybe characterized by swelling and bruising and sprains if it is severe, they may not be able to put weight on the affected leg.
  2. Ankle Fracture: Ankle fractures in children can occur in one or more bones in the ankle. Fractures are more common in children than a sprain. This is because the ligaments child or thread-like ropes that bind the bones together to make a powerful connection is usually stronger than their portion of bone growth. Fractures usually occur in the tibia (shinbone) or the fibula bone on the outside of the foot. Mounds of bones on both sides of the ankle is called (1) the medial malleolus at the end of the tibia, and (2) the lateral malleolus to the tip of the fibula. The ends of the bones forming the cup for the talus to sit inside. There are different types of fractures and breaks – each must be treated individually depending on the area and the bone involved. If you suspect your child may have been cracked or broken their ankles, see a doctor immediately, or take them to a local hospital. Bone diseases, such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), can also cause fractures in children but this is rare. Common symptoms include pain at the fracture touch, swelling and bruising, and your child may not be able to put weight on the affected leg. Depending on how bad the fracture severe your child may have to wear a splint, to allow the continued swelling, and eventually cast to help break and protect the foot. It is important to achieve and maintain harmony broken ankle that could prevent future problems such as arthritis. If severe fractures need to be reset by using a local anesthetic. Crutches or crutch and the rest is almost always necessary after a fracture or break. Sometime, surgery may also recommended for severe case.

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