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Broken ankle screws and plate

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Bromson
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Most plates and screws used to fix a broken ankle are meant to be permanent; however, there is no harm in removing the hardware if it causes problems.... Read More
Dr. David Bloome
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: The implants used to stabilize a fractured ankle are made to stay in the body forever. The implants, however, are sometimes removed if there are prob... Read More
Dr. Steven Bernstein
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 33 years experience
Hardware: Can go either way. Depends on if the hardware is bothersome after you heal the fracture. Plates and screws are used to hold the bones in place til... Read More

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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Ankle fracture: it is highly unlikely that you could dislodge the plate in your ankle from bumping it
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Hecht
Podiatry 45 years experience
Screw removal time: Usually removal of older fixation screws in the ankle is a simple procedure and recovery is fairly easy as long as your bones are healthy. After the ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vern Christensen
Podiatry 27 years experience
Possibly: If the initial ankle injury involved the joint surface, pain can persist for a long time. Anytime a joint is involved in injury it is possible for po... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bernstein
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 33 years experience
Broken ankle: Sounds like you need to see an ankle specialist. You should not be swollen at this point. You may need the hardware removed as well as repair of you... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
A female asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 40 years experience
Broken ankle: pain, swelling, inability to stand, inability to walk
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Broken Ankle: No you shouldn't walk on it if you want it to heal the correct way and not prolong the healing.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Not if it: Is on your driving foot you can't.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 40 years experience
If hurts=NO: Pain is a sign that there is a problem. A "broken" ankle initially requires casting or bracing with altered weight bearing (crutches). As the fracture... Read More
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