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Broken Ankles in Children

As a child grows and slowly begins to mature, they engage in a variety of different physical activities during participation in school sports or during playtime. One foot condition that they may be susceptible to developing is the fracturing of the ankle. When a child has a fractured, or broken, ankle, the break in the bone can essentially travel through the growth plate of the ankle. This condition may occur when a child twists their foot or falls during physical activities. Sometimes, scootering or skateboarding can put a child particularly at risk of developing this kind of condition. If your child has a broken ankle, they may be able to heal within six to twelve weeks. It is important to see a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat the ankle.


Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Lansing Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Lansing, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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