Conditions + Treatments

Ankle Sprain in Children

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A sprain is a stretch injury of the ligaments that support the ankle. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are most commonly injured when the foot is turned inward on an awkward step.

  • About 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day.
  • Common for athletes and people who wear ill-fitting shoes.
  • May be easy to treat at home, but a medical evaluation is the only way to reveal how bad the injury is.
  • May lead to early arthritis if not treated properly.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches ankle sprains

At Children's, doctors are committed to making sure your child can return to all his or her normal activities, but only after they're sure your child's ankle is strong enough. The three goals of rehabilitation are:

  • restore motion and flexibility
  • restore strength
  • restore balance
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