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Are the plates and screws used to fix a broken ankle permanent?

Are the plates and screws used to fix a broken ankle permanent?

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. Sometimes the hardware is prominent under the skin, or may interfere with motion; in those cases the hardware can be removed. In some types of ankle fractures, a temporary screw is inserted, and this is generally removed after a few months. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Broken Ankle (Definition)

Ankle fracture describe a break or fracture of any of the bones of the ankle. This can be caused by falls, trauma, or twisting of the ankle. Patients with ankle fractures experience pain and swelling of the foot, and have difficulty bearing any weight ...Read more


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How can you heal after removal of plates and screws of a broken ankle?

How can you heal after removal of plates and screws of a broken ankle?

With time: Screws and plates are used to stabilize bones as they heal - like an internal cast. After the bones are stable, typically the hardware is not necessary. ...Read more

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Screws in ankle years after an broken ankle taken out recovery time ?

Screws in ankle years after an broken ankle taken out recovery time ?

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 screws are removed, it is prudent to use a CAM walker for about 2 weeks to allow the bones to recover any strength lost from the openings that remain. Pain after removal is usually minimal from the skin incisions. ...Read more

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I am 1 year post op for removing a screw that was put in for a broken ankle, and I still have pain when I walk for a long time. Can therapy help?

I am 1 year post op for removing a screw that was put in for a broken ankle, and I still have pain when I walk for a long time. Can therapy help?

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 post traumatic arthritis to set in. If no joint involvement then stability and functional issues can create pain, both of which are improved with physical therapy. Bracing and orthotics can provide functional stability and pain reduction also. ...Read more

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3 years go=broken ankle & screwes sprained my akle playing tennis in auguet and it's still swollen. Had me in a cast. Is this normal?

Possibly: I think you're saying you had screws placed for a broken ankle 3 years ago, and now you've sprained your ankle last august and it's still swollen. I actually warn my patients that after bad ankle injuries (in your case, 2 of them), the swelling may actually never go away, but as long as your ankle is functional and painless and strong, i would not worry about some persistent swelling. ...Read more

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How would an orthopedic surgeon fix a broken ankle, where then bone splintered and fragments of bone are floating in the muscle? (Idk how to explain)

How would an orthopedic surgeon fix a broken ankle, where then bone splintered and fragments of bone are floating in the muscle? (Idk how to explain)

Jig saw puzzle: We put pieces together like a jig saw puzzle to fit them together. We hold them together with plates and screws while the bone heals. We don't worry about many small pieces. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of a broken ankle!?

What is the symptoms of a broken ankle!?

Broken ankle : With any ankle injury you will develop swelling an pain. With a fracture you could see a black and blue around your heel. Severe pain. And in a severe case of a fracture ankle, it can be deformed i recommended you see your doctor and get the ankle evaluated and xrayed to see the extent of your injury. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a broken ankle.?

Describe the features of a broken ankle.?

Agree: Bad sprains and fracture can be very similar in presentation. Get it looked at! ...Read more

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What's the significance of having broken ankle?

What's the significance of having broken ankle?

Avoid future problem: Ankle fracture which are well aligned can be treated with cast immobilization for 6-8 weeks. Ankle fracture where there is instability or incongruity in the joint may require internal fixation followed by a cast to get the best results and avoid future problem with arthritis. ...Read more

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Can you walk on a broken ankle?

Broken Ankle: No you shouldn't walk on it if you want it to heal the correct way and not prolong the healing. ...Read more

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Can i safely walk on my broken ankle?

Depends: This depends on the type of broken ankle you have and whether you can bear weight. You will need to ask specifically to your doctor treating your injury what your limitations will be. ...Read more

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Will swelling make my broken ankle worse?

Will swelling make my broken ankle worse?

No, but: It may slow the healing process. Swelling may cause congestion of blood flow. If blood flow is hindered healing will not be optimized. For help with this: www.Orthodoc.Aaos.Org/footankle. ...Read more

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What to do for relieving broken ankle pain?

What to do for relieving broken ankle pain?

Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a cast, splint or brace may be needed in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. ...Read more

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Should it be okay to walk on my broken ankle?

Have you seen the Dr: If you have a broken ankle, i hope that that was already evaluated by a foot/ankle specialist. Depending on the type of break (fracture) and how long the condition has been treated, will dictate if it is safe to walk. Fractures typically take 6-8 weeks to heal. Without knowing what kind of break you have, you need to have the doctor that diagnosed your condition re-evaluate it and advise. ...Read more