Pediatric ankle sprain symptoms can include:
- Ankle pain, bruising, and swelling
- The pain gets worse when your child walks, stands, presses on the ankle, or moves the ankle
- Can’t move the ankle without pain.
- If there was an audible pop (ouch!)
Not every child with a sprained ankle has to go to the doctor. However, you should at least call your doctor if there are any of the following:
- Can’t move the ankle
- Can’t put weight on the ankle
- Pain over the bony part of the ankle
- Can’t walk without pain
- Pain not relieved by ice, pain relief medication, bracing, and elevation
- Numbness in the leg, foot, or ankle
- Pain that does not improve in 5-7 days
- If you are uncertain about the injury
Some kids will do just fine with rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
- Rest – get your kid off his feet.
- Ice – ice for ten minutes at a time
- Compression – A pediatric ankle brace can help a lot
- Elevation – raise the ankle while icing it (prop it up with a pillow)
Learn more about pediatric ankle braces.