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'twisted' ankle in 7 yo dd. A&E, or wait it out?

(16 Posts)
lovelilies Mon 22-Apr-13 16:18:31

7 yo dd, twisted ankle on Sat p.m. Still won't out ANY weight on it (been hopping at school!!)
noticed slight bruising on inside of ankle, no swelling to speak of, pain in outside of ankle. Shes had ibuprofen, should I wait and see or go to A&E and sit there for hours and hours ?? grin

FancyPuffin Mon 22-Apr-13 16:19:52

Are you certain it's twisted and not fractured?

alienbanana Mon 22-Apr-13 16:21:09

A&E because it may well be broken. It's proably not, but it does need checking.

alienbanana Mon 22-Apr-13 16:21:23

Or - do you have a fracture clinic you could go to instead?

lovelilies Mon 22-Apr-13 16:22:07

Well not x rayed it at home wink
it's not very painful, except when weight bearing...
She only fractured her elbow 8 weeks ago!shock

purplewithred Mon 22-Apr-13 16:23:28

ottowa ankle fracture rules

Basically, if she can't weight bear and has pain in the right places then A&E will X-ray. Doesn't mean she has a fracture but it might. Not being able to weight bear and having pain around the ankle area and a sore outside ankle will score her an X-ray.

OldBeanbagz Mon 22-Apr-13 16:23:53

If she hasn't been able to weight bear since Saturday i'd go to A&E or minor injuries clinic if you have one. A twisted ankle would probably be swollen so it may be fractured.

lovelilies Mon 22-Apr-13 16:24:01

No fracture clinic... A&E the only option... angry
best take some books and snacks!!
Thanks guys smile

alarkaspree Mon 22-Apr-13 16:26:42

Dd sprained her ankle last weekend and has been on crutches for the whole week. Yesterday was the first day she could walk on it at all. The doctor's surgery said they would want to see her again if it wasn't improving any more after two weeks.

So it could take a while to improve. But I would second the advice to have it x-rayed to rule out a fracture.

acebaby Mon 22-Apr-13 17:07:28

A&E I'm afraid. My DS1 went to minor injuries and was diagnosed with a 'twisted ankle'. Two days later, he couldn't weight bear, so I took him to A&E. It was a (mildly) broken leg. There was little obvious swelling, and it was painful, but not enough to prevent him playing and reading.

Good luck

lovelilies Mon 22-Apr-13 20:22:49

just back now, turns out she has a fractured calcaneum (heel)!
lesson learnt there!

acebaby Tue 23-Apr-13 21:17:08

sad poor DD and poor you. I hope it gets better quickly. Is she in a cast? Such bad luck to do this just when the weather is improving enough to play outside.

lovelilies Tue 23-Apr-13 21:59:50

Well.. fracture clinic this morning, there isn't a fracture!!!grin
sprain it is shock

acebaby Tue 23-Apr-13 22:12:18

Oh - thats great news grin. I hope the sprain heals quickly

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 23-Apr-13 22:14:32

Why did they say she had fractured it then?

Hope she feels better soon.

lovelilies Wed 24-Apr-13 07:25:51

The a&e Dr wasn't an orthopedic consultant... I think kids x rays can be tricky to read, so better to treat as fracture then find out its not, iyswim?
Same happened with elbows last year, is broken, isn't broken, is broken angry
What can you do?! shock
She still won't put it on the floor, got crutches now smile

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