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I broke my ankle a couple years ago and had a plate put in the fibula bone. Do the plates ever cause problems?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not Commonly

Generally fixation places in the ankle can be left indefinitely.
There are times when some patients begin to have irritation from the plates or screws and these may need to be removed.

In brief: Not Commonly

Generally fixation places in the ankle can be left indefinitely.
There are times when some patients begin to have irritation from the plates or screws and these may need to be removed.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Occasionally

Occasionally you can have irritation from the hardware.
See your surgeon for options.

In brief: Occasionally

Occasionally you can have irritation from the hardware.
See your surgeon for options.
Dr. G Jason Hunt
Dr. G Jason Hunt
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In brief: Sometimes

The plate can stay in permanently.
But if the plate or screws break, move, rub on the tendon, or cause pain in general, then you should consider having them removed.

In brief: Sometimes

The plate can stay in permanently.
But if the plate or screws break, move, rub on the tendon, or cause pain in general, then you should consider having them removed.
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
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