Minor ankle injuries

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Minor ankle injuries, such as ankle sprains or minor fractures to the fibula, are common in childhood. These injuries tend to heal quickly. Learn more about minor ankle injuries and their treatment.

Key points

  • Ankle injuries are common in children.
  • Ankle injuries can cause pain and swelling.
  • X-rays are usually not needed if your child has a minor fibular fracture or ankle sprain injury.
  • See a health-care provider if you suspect a more serious injury such as a fracture, if there is pain anywhere other than the outside of the ankle or if things are not improving in a couple days or the pain is getting worse.
Last updated: March 12th 2024