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when treating septic joint, in the ankle, is it placed in a cast or other brace with or without surgery? how long is it in a cast or brace?

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Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Septic joint: Usually a splint to allow assessment of skin & soft tissue quality.
Answered on Dec 9, 2012
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Dr. Rahul Banerjee
21 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Septic ankle: A septic ankle should almost always be treated with surgery. A splint or brace may be used post operatively for comfort and to rest the tissues. The duration of splinting is variable but usually 1-2 weeks or less.
Answered on Dec 9, 2012
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Dr. Justin Esterberg
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Surgery: Septic joints require surgery to wash out the infection. It is helpful postoperatively to brace the ankle, whether it is a plaster splint or boot for example. This helps the antibiotic penetrate the ankle joint and helps the ankle become less inflammed. If you think you have a septic ankle and have swelling, redness, fevers or chills you should go to the emergency room to be evaluated.
Answered on Dec 9, 2012
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Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
Variable: How long a septic ankle joint is in a cast depends on the severity of the infection, the possible involvement of the bone, tha amount of pain, and the recommmendation of the orthopedoc surgeon.
Answered on Dec 9, 2012
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