Radiograph-negative lateral ankle injuries in children

Salter-Harris I fractures of the distal fibula are rare in children with radiograph fracture–negative lateral ankle injuries. These children most commonly have ligament injuries (sprains), sometimes associated with radiographically occult avulsion fractures. Children with fractures detectable only by MRI had a comparable recovery with those with sprains when treated with a removable ankle brace and self-regulated return to activities (JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(1):e154114).