Growth plate fractures in children’s ankle injuries are much rarer than previously thought

A new study led by The Hospital for Sick Children found that lateral ankle injuries in children without X-ray evidence of a fracture are most often sprains that can be easily treated with a removable splint. The study looked at 135 children with lateral ankle injuries and normal X-rays; of these, only four cases (three percent) showed evidence of a growth plate fracture with magnetic resonance imaging, two of which only had partial growth plate injuries. The majority of children in the study had ankle sprain injuries.

A new study led by The Hospital for Sick Children found that lateral ankle injuries in children without X-ray evidence of a fracture are most often sprains that can be easily treated with a removable splint. The study looked at 135 children with lateral ankle injuries and normal X-rays; of these, only four cases (three percent) showed evidence of a growth plate fracture with magnetic resonance imaging, two of which only had partial growth plate injuries. The majority of children in the study had ankle sprain injuries.

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Growth plate fractures in children’s ankle injuries are much rarer than previously thought