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Children’s Ankle Sprains and Sports

Ankle sprains are quite common in active children, especially those who participate in sports. A sprain occurs when one or more of the tough, fibrous bands of tissue (ligaments) that hold the ankle bones together get overly stretched. Making sudden changes in direction or rolling the foot over while playing sports can sometimes cause the ankle ligaments to stretch beyond their limits and become sprained. Properly warming up the feet and ankles prior to playing sports can sometimes help to avoid an ankle sprain from occurring. Symptoms of an ankle sprain typically include various degrees of pain (depending on how intense the sprain is), swelling, bruising, and—in severe cases—an inability to put weight on the affected foot. Receiving proper care for an ankle sprain is important, as an improperly healed sprain may lead to further sprains and even chronic ankle weakness. If your child has sprained their ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for your child to be evaluated and treated properly.  

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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