Your child's ankle hurts because he or she has 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 his or her 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 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 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 your child's ankle is not getting better after 1 week.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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