Your child's ankle can be forced out of its normal position (dislocated) after a crash, in a fall, or when playing sports.
When the ankle is dislocated, damage can happen to the bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Your child may need more treatment.
The doctor put your child's ankle back in its normal position and may have put it in a splint or cast. This will keep the ankle stable until your follow-up visit.
Your child may need surgery because a dislocated ankle is often also broken.
It may take weeks or months for your child's ankle to heal, depending on how bad the injury is.
Your child may have had a sedative to help him or her relax. Your child may be unsteady after having sedation. It takes time (sometimes a few hours) for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or cranky.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David Messenger, MD & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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