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do metal plate and screws in ankle cause the bone to get crushed (or cause bigger injuries) if the same ankle gets re-fractured in the future?

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Dr. Kristine Nemes
17 years experience Podiatry
Do not cause crush: While screws and plates do not cause a crush injury in the same area, they certainly do weaken the bone where they are. The plate takes some of the load off the bone. Stress strengthens bone, so if we remove stress we weaken the bone. Generally screws and plates are not removed after a fracture heals unless they cause pain, screws are backing out, or there is a non-healing wound.
Answered on Apr 5, 2013
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Not really: Most often if an injury occurs to an area that has been fixed it usually isn't an issue unless the previous hardware was damaged. Get x-ray to find out.
Answered on Nov 1, 2015
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