A 31-year-old member asked:
why do i need metal screws for a broken ankle bimaleolar fracture?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Arnold Beresh answered
40 years experience Podiatry
Healing: They are used to hold the bones together to achieve healing.
Answered on Feb 17, 2013
Dr. Eric Bluman answered
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Dr Beresh is correct: The reason hardware is used is these fractures are unstable. When both malleoli are fractured the ankle stability needs to be reestablished surgically. It can be hard to maintain the bones in the correct alignment with a cast alone. When it is possible it requires that you remain in the cast for an extended period and this can result in joint stiffness.
Answered on Nov 22, 2012
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