Athletes, especially young ones, when an injury occurs, often see their sporting ambitions fading before their eyes. But this is not at all the case in many instances. However, if treatment is not sought or explored within a suitable timeframe, full rehabilitation of injuries may not occur.
Athletic children who play through the pain, ignore injuries, cut rehab short, or skip it altogether, could face repeated injuries. As well, instability in their feet and ankles could go well into their teen years and adulthood. Long-term problems can include osteoarthritis and chronic ankle instability. People with untreated chronic ankle instability may suffer activity limitations, arthritis and tendon problems.