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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I had surgery for a screw to be put in to help heal my broken ankle and then had it removed, but I still have pain sometimes. Any suggestions?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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)
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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