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

Yes

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

With time

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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.
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Why do I need metal screws for a broken ankle bimaleolar fracture?

Healing

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They are used to hold the bones together to achieve healing.
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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Rudolf Zak answered:

Best brace for broken ankle?

Fractured ankle

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A brace might not be enough. If you have a fractured ankle recommend you see your doctor to get it further evaluated. You might need a cast or possible surgery
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman answered:

Can you walk on a broken ankle?

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No you shouldn't walk on it if you want it to heal the correct way and not prolong the healing
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Can I drive with a broken ankle?

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is on your driving foot you can't.
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan answered:

Telltale signs of a broken ankle?

Pain with deformity

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Most ankle fractures occur from a twisting injury. If you had an injury, and have difficulty standing or walking because of pain, have an evaluation. To include an X-ray. If your ankle or foot appear deformed or unusually swollen, X-ray.
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel answered:

How can you treat a broken ankle?

Depends on type

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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.
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Broken ankle painful 2 years later?

Cartilage injury

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Fractures of the ankle can result in post-traumatic arthritis either imediately or come on years later. Scar tissue and/or cartilage damage is the most common cause . See an orthopedic surgeon for eevaluation which may include plain X-rays, CT scan or MRI.
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