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How Can You Heal After Removal Of Plates And Screws Of A Broken Ankle
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?
Follow-up: Continued pain after a broken ankle is common, often another procedure is necessary. See your surgeon for new x-rays and an exam. ...Read more
Can go either way.
Depends on if the hardware is bothersome after you heal the fracture.
Plates and screws are used to hold the bones in place til the fracture heals.
Once healed, the hardware is useless...
Consult your doc if you feel you want the hardware removed. ...Read more
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
Healing: They are used to hold the bones together to achieve healing. ...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 more
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
Six weeks.: Depending on where and what type of fracture it is, it should heal in 6 weeks. ...Read more
Varies: In an average healthy person, the fracture will likely heal within 6-8 weeks. However, the sports functionality of the ankle may not return to normal for nearly 6-12 months. This depends on the severity of the initial injury and the subsequent rehab of the ankle. Your orthopedist will guide you through your recovery process. ...Read more
Follow instructions: Time will heal.... (make sure your vitamin d levels are within normal range.). ...Read more
6 to 12 weeks: Bone healing takes 6 to 12 weeks no matter what location. ...Read more
Beyond rest and elevation, maintain optimum health and nutrition with the rest of your body and keep a positive outlook. There are many things that can delay fracture healing, but nothing that will speed it up.
Of note, anti-inflammatory medication delays bone healing. This includes ibuprofen, aleve, (naproxen) nuprin and aspirin. Don't take them constantly or your healing will be delayed. ...Read more
Painful ankle: The outcome of a broken ankle depends on the severity of the fracture and displacement of the ankle joint. A simple nondisplaced fracture may heal without any treatment but many other fractures required immobilization or surgery to prevent further pain, deformity, and arthritis. ...Read more
How long does it take a broken ankle to heal? It's been almost two months and I'm still in tremendous pain.
Varies: It depends on how serious of a fracture you sustained, how it was treated, and how compliant you were with your doctor's orders. Did you have surgery to repair the break or were you placed in a cast? Did you stay off the foot? Severe pain after 2 months is not common, but it may depend on specifics. I recommend you follow up with your specialist who can better assess the healing process. ...Read more
If I drink milk and eat yougourt and eat collard green speed up the recovery of a broken ankle and not way to eat I need it to heal in 6 to 8 weeks so month and two weeks I hope.?
I don't believe:
The healing in the bone will be substantially increased based on your diet.
It is important that you are not deficient in say vitamin d and calcium but, once those levels are normal. ..I don't feel "more is better". Bone takes 6-8 weeks. Things like smoking, steroids, even anti-inflammatories have all been reported to delay bone healing. ...Read more
I ended up in the ER Monday night, I had a migraine and intense burning pain in my neck and shoulder. They had an osteo dr evaluate me. He said my whole body is out of alignment from a broken ankle 13 years ago that didn't heal correctly, it turns inward.
Does not make sense:
What he said does not make any medical sence. A broken ankle 13 years ago can not cause the pain you had
I suggest you consult your Primary Care Doctor and follow up with him/her about your pain ...Read more
No: Keeping pressure off the area will help in the healing process. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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