Children are always go-go-going, moving at the speed of light, playing sports, running around the yard and even turning the living room into parkour city. And while their young bodies can withstand a lot more than ours, they still end up with pediatric foot injuries from time to time. One of the worst is a sprain from a twisted ankle.
Unfortunately, many parents don’t know how to handle a child ankle sprain, often resulting in complications. Here are some things you should avoid to prevent making the condition worse.
Don’t Assume That Walking Means All Is Well
It is common for parents to think that if a kid can walk, they can walk it off. This is especially true with dramatic children who might be prone to exaggerating about pain for a little extra sympathy. However, in many cases, a sprain can start out seemingly small, then get a lot worse — especially if the ankle isn’t rested.
Don’t Massage the Foot and Ankle
This one sounds all wrong, but there is a good reason behind it. With a sprain, swelling is a major concern and a big source of pain. Massaging might help in the moment — maybe — but it promotes blood flow to the area, increasing the swelling. Save the massages for later, once the doctor says it’s OK. Avoid heat for the same reason.
Don’t Let Them Move Around
Many kids struggle with resting when sick or injured. While the whining and annoyed looks might get to you, don’t give in. Keep your child in bed or on the couch with their foot elevated, letting them get up for essentials, like using the bathroom or getting a drink. Only start to increase movement once you have doctor approval.
To learn more about child ankle sprains, turn to the Shady Grove team. Call us at 301-948-2995 or get in touch through our contact page.