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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.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Vivian C. Iwu, DPM from Choice Podiatry Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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