If your child has an ankle fracture, it means one of the bones in the ankle joint (the tibia, fibul...
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If your child has an ankle fracture, it means one of the bones in the ankle joint (the tibia, fibula, or talus) is broken or cracked. This can happen if the ankle is twisted. If the fracture is at the growth plate near the ends of the bone, bone growth can be affected and may require special X-rays or other tests. Young bones are more flexible than an adult's, so a child's bone may crack or buckle without a clear break, instead of snapping like a dry stick. An ankle fracture may be treated with casts, splints, a removable boot, or an air splint worn for 4 to 8 weeks. Surgery may be needed to straighten a broken bone that is crooked. Your child may need to use crutches for several weeks.