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Hello! I had ORIF on my ankle after a trimalleolar fracture that resulted in emergency surgery. (They weren't able to set the ankle prior to surgery). I was in a boot for nearly 9 weeks. Was FWB after that came off and completed about 6 weeks of 2x weekly PT. I was doing great...walking up to 5 miles...back at the gym...really doing anything i wanted. I still had some discomfort and some swelling but not taking even Tylenol.
Just 5 days ago I noticed a little more stiffness in the ankle. It progressed to more pain and swelling and now I am having sharp pains at the site where my screws are on the inside of my ankle. The plate and screws on the outside really don't bother me. It's to the point where I am using a cane again to walk.
I have an appointment in a week to follow up with the surgeon (first available) but I'm beginning to wonder if I need to have the hardware removed. Why would this start now? Anyone else experience anything similar?
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