Posted by: Jacquivds | 2012/10/01


3 year old - possible ankle sprain?

Hi there

My 3year old woke up yesterday and said her leg hurt, and was limping for about 15 mins then seemed fine. She woke during the night last night crying for no reason it seemed and then this morning she woke up and again said her leg hurt and was limping at school.

We took her to the paed who said it could be fluid on her hips (she has just gotten over a sinus infection) and he ordered a sonar which came out clear. He said we need to give her 10 mls ponstan every 8 hours and if she isn''t better by Wednesday he wants to see her again.

Her foot doesn''t look bruised and there is no swelling. She absolutely refuses to walk but will crawl if she has to.

What could it possibly be?

Many thanks

Expert's Reply



The most likely cause of your daughter's sudden limp is a condition known as 'transient synovitis' This is a self-limiting condition and children usually recover quite quickly.It usually affects children from the age of 3 years onwards. It is also known as the 'irritable hip syndrome' Your daughter is on the correct treatment and the paediatrician will check her again soon.

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