School just started, and that means Friday night football games and practices every day. If your young athlete sustained an ankle fracture, it’s helpful to know what the recovery period looks like and how they should behave after returning to school.
Ankle fractures are very common, especially among children. The growth plates in their bones may still be exposed; these plates are made of softer material than mature bone and are more prone to breaking. If your child does end up fracturing their foot or ankle, it’s important to know what to expect because emotions will be running high for everyone.
Types of Foot Fractures
There are different kinds of fractures, and each one will heal differently and will require different treatment approaches. A closed fracture means that the injury is essentially internal; the skin overlying the fracture remains unbroken. An open fracture is more serious because it means the bone has broken the skin, which can lead to an infection. A greenstick fracture is the most common type for children, and it refers to when the bone buckles but does not fully break.
Preventing Injuries While Healing
After the healing process has begun, your child will start to return to their former routine. When they return to school, they’ll probably be wearing a cast. It’s important that they take good care of their ankle while healing is taking place. If they are typically athletic or very physically active, remind them to take a break while the bone is re-forming. If they are using crutches, it’s a good idea to only use them for short periods of time. Also, another important aspect of healing is attending all follow-up appointments, including physical therapy after the cast is removed.
If you and your child follow all of the doctor’s orders, chances are that the injury will heal completely normally. If you are still seeking more help or information, call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule a consultation with us at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ. The doctors are experts in treating children's foot and ankle injuries. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions that you may have.