Screws protruding in ankle

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Broke my ankle in may 2017 and had a plate and screws put in.

All healed

Recovery has gone well

The last 5 months I have returned to the gym doing classes yoga ans pilates and walking up to 3 miles a day

The ankle joint is very painful and looks like the screws are protruding.

Has anyone else had this problem

Many thanks

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    I broke my fib and my tib July 2017, I had to have two plates and 12 screws put in!! After the surgery they said none of the hardware would ever come out! Oct 2017 I could see 3 screw heads protruding, at christmas they said they would go in and just remove those 3 and 2 others where there was pain! Just this past week they ended up removing all of the hardware!  And I was non weight bearing for 6 months and they were protruding so please see doctor or surgeon to make sure you should continue!! 

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    I had lots of metal work after a bad RTA many years ago, a tendon graft, subtalar fusion and all sorts. The screws starting protruding and causing pain and one blocked movement of the ankle. 

    ?In fact one of the screws had even bent slightly (a special hollow screw for some reason). Anyway, upshot was that after checking position on xrays and could see that they were causing problems my surgeon agreed to take it all out. That made such a difference, able to get back to gym, walking, a little jogging with much less pain and tenderness. Speak to your Consultant/surgeon and good luck!! 


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