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Your child's ankle hurts because they have stretched or torn ligaments, which connect the bones in the ankle.
Ankle sprains may take from several weeks to several months to heal. Usually, the more pain and swelling your child has, the more severe the ankle sprain is and the longer it will take to heal. Your child can heal faster and regain strength in their ankle with good home treatment.
It is very important to give your child's ankle time to heal completely, so that your child doesn't easily hurt the ankle again.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 you your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice 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 advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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