Ankle Sprain :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Ankle Sprain

What is an ankle sprain?

  • Ankle sprains are a stretching or tearing of the ligaments that support the ankle.
  • Ankle sprains are common among active children and can range in severity.

What causes ankle sprains?

  • Most often the ankle/foot will roll inwards or outwards due to landing funny.
  • The ankle/foot will roll inwards our outwards due to stepping on another person’s foot.
  • Stepping in a hole.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain with movement or activity over the affected site.
  • Swelling on the outside or inside of the ankle.
  • Walking with a limp.
  • Bruising around the inside or outside of the ankle.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Compression can be helpful to decrease swelling and pain.

When should I see a medical professional?

  • If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
  • If you are unable to put weight on your ankle.
  • If there is an obvious deformity of the ankle.
  • If you are unsure about the severity of the condition.

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