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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

Dr. Steven Bernstein
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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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Are the plates and screws used to fix a broken ankle permanent?

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

Hardware: 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

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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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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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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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When will a broken ankle typically heal?

When will a broken ankle typically heal?

6-8 weeks: While the bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often continue to have symptoms beyond that time. This is due to the soft tissue injury that also occurred at the time of the fracture. ...Read more

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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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How long does a broken ankle take to heal?

How long does a broken ankle take to heal?

Bone typically: Heals in about 6-8 weeks. Keep in mind there are factors that delay healing and most fractures need to be stable to heal. ...Read more

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How long does it take a broken ankle to heal?

How long does it take a broken ankle to heal?

Distal fib fracture: Varies depending on age, health, smoking status, nutrition, displacement, etc. Average person the answer is about 6 wks, but then additional maturation of the fracture occurs with soft tissue healing and muscle strengthening. ...Read more

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How can I get a broken ankle to heal quickly?

Patience.: Have patience. Not sure if you had surgery for it or not, but if the bones are aligned the way they need to be, then you should heal in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for a broken ankle to heal?

Six weeks.: Depending on where and what type of fracture it is, it should heal in 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a broken ankle to heal?

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

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Which things can I do to make my broken ankle heal faster?

Which things can I do to make my broken ankle heal faster?

Follow instructions: Time will heal.... (make sure your vitamin d levels are within normal range.). ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a broken ankle to heal?

6 to 12 weeks: Bone healing takes 6 to 12 weeks no matter what location. ...Read more

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How can I get my broken ankle to heal faster other than doing nothing?

Stuff: 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

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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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What happens when you leave a broken ankle untreated? Will it heal by itself?

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

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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

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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.?

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

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Can I drive with a broken ankle?

Can I drive with a broken ankle?

Not if it: Is on your driving foot you can't. ...Read more

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Broken ankle painful 2 years later?

Cartilage injury: 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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to break an already broken ankle?

I guess....: Theoretically it is possible, but I have never seen someone fracture an already fractured ankle in a separate place. ...Read more

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Could it be bad to be on crutches with a broken ankle?

No: Keeping pressure off the area will help in the healing process. ...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

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Will alcohol mask the pain from a broken ankle?

Will alcohol mask the pain from a broken ankle?

No.: Its not the answer. Assuming you are immobilized in a cast, there are prescription and non prescription pain medications. Alcohol should not be mixed with these. Its a depressant, not a pain reliever. ...Read more

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Physio exercise for broken ankle- what is best?

Physio exercise for broken ankle- what is best?

Listen to your doc: If you broke your ankle you are likely under the care of a doctor, hence you must follow their directions. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to walk on a broken ankle?

Would it be possible to walk on a broken ankle?

Yes: If the fracture is still in alignment and not complete it would be possible to walk. It would also depend on which bone is broken ...Read more