I have a history of ligament damage and injured my ankle again....This time I have a bone chip fracture...What has to be done to fix this?
Depends on where . Some bone chips are stable within the ligament and can be treatd conservatively, others interfere with normal ankle motion and are best treated surgically. When there is pain with motion or with weight bearing it may need to be removed. Repeated injury to the ankle ligaments can lead to progressively more severe trauma and sometimes to ankle joint injury. Physical therapy can help too.
It all depends.... If it's an old injury and it was just found on an x-ray then nothing may have to be done. Te old chip may be irrelevant. It depends on your exam and your x-rays (possibly an MRI although not usually). It may be as "simple" as an ankle sprain, with ice, elevation, possible brief immobilization, and proper rehabilitation. It's also possible it may require surgery, worth getting an eval and options.
I have a bone chip fracture right ankle with history of ligament damage. I have to see an ortho surgeon. What should I expect in regards to treatment?
It all depends.... Did this just happen ? If it's an old injury and it was just found on an x-ray then nothing may have to be done. If this is a new injury, a lot depends on your exam and your x-rays, your age, activity level, medical problems (like diabetes, etc). If its a stable injury a protective boot or walking cast for a few weeks, if it's unstable and/or the ankle structure is disrupted you may need surgery. Read more...