Pediatric Sports-Related Injuries of the Lower Extremity: Ankle

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Abstract

Pediatric lower extremity injuries are common in the emergency department, especially with increasing sports specialization in young athletes. Acute care providers need to be familiar with common injury patterns, indications for radiographs, and more specialized imaging. Recognizing and maintaining a high degree of suspicion for high-morbidity injuries that may masquerade as an ankle sprain is critical. The authors review common injuries and also injuries that cannot be missed including Maisonneuve fracture, talar fractures, navicular fractures, Jones or pseudo-Jones fractures, Lisfranc injuries, and Salter-Harris fractures.

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