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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can a one year old child pull a muscle or strain their leg? my daughter is very active and it pains her too walk? any thoughts?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 51 years experience
Let me explain: When you child of this age i will assume it is fracture till proven otherwise, take x-ray on him to be sure.
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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Yes: Yes, an active child can strain a muscle or sprain an ankle. But she should be checked to make sure there is not a fracture. Many fractures in young children are subtle- just a thin line on the xray- and may not be obvious until a few days after the injury. If she's not putting all of her weight on her leg, see your doctor to check it out.
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Dr. Jeffrey Seiden
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Sprain vs. Fracture: If she is not able to put weight on the leg, she needs to have X-rays taken. There are certain fractures, most notably toddlers' fractures of the tibia, that are often diagnosed clinically even if X-rays are normal. These injuries need to be immobilize to ensure proper healing.
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Last updated May 7, 2015

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