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Dr. Mark Bromson
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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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Broken Ankle (Definition)

Broken ankle is also known as Ankle fracture. 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


Dr. Eric Bluman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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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?

Bone healing?: I assume that you mean bone healing. Plate and screws used to fix a broken ankle should not be removed until the bone is healed and has remodeled sufficiently. After removal of hardware the holes that are left from the screws frequently do not fill in completely. However, in most cases this does not substantially compromise the strength of the bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Hecht
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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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Dr. Vern Christensen
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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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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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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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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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How long willa broken ankle take to heal?

How long willa broken ankle take to heal?

Normally: Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal. If you had surgery it make take longer depending on what was done, then will need physical theray. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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How can you treat a broken ankle?

How can you treat a broken ankle?

Depends on type: Some ankle fractures require surgery and some can be treated by immobilization. Factors that guide the treatment opinion of your doctor include: location, type of fracture (some are more stable and others very unstable), injury force, whether the fracture is open or closed, personal medical history and health, and many more. Talk to your doctor to understand the plan. ...Read more

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Dr. Dr Barry Johnson
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Is it possible for a broken ankle in two different places to heal in a month?

Is it possible for a broken ankle in two different places to heal in a month?

Not usually: Not usually, 6 weeks is generally the average length of time for healing of a fracture. Children heal must faster, possibly 3 weeks, and seniors more slowly, probably 8-10 weeks, depending upon confounding conditions such as poor circulation, diabetes, etc. ...Read more

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