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Trampoline Ankle Fracture in Kids

“Trampoline ankle” or a Saltar Harris fracture is a rare type of ankle fracture that happens when two or more people are bouncing out of sync on a trampoline. The resulting kinetic energy causes a high-impact effect that can a cause serious growth plate injury in a child. In this type of injury, the problem involves the growth plate, which is why it is unique to children and not adults. This type of fracture occurs when the trampoline bed is ascending and the child who sustains the injury is on the descent. The growth plate is an area of cartilage that is actively developing into new bone. The tibia bone of the leg stops growing generally around the ages of 14 to 18. If this fracture is not tended to, it can lead to permanent bone growth arrest. If your child has sustained an ankle fracture while on the trampoline, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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