Question: I had ORIF hardware removal surgery 5 months ago and have been in a lot of pain since then. Went to foot and ankle doctor who did a few X-rays and the report said that the side plate and screw removal was done bringing an old oblique fracture. It said the oblique fracture is mostly healed even though the fracture plane is still faintly visible. It also said that there is visible multiple screw tracks also that there are tiny posterior and plantar calcaneal spurs. I was wondering if these finding are normal since I have had a huge amount of pain in that ankle. Thanks for taking the time to read and answer my question.
Dr. Foreman: The calcaneal spurs have nothing to do with the fracture, surgery or hardware removal. The findings in the bone where the plate and screws were are typical following a fracture, surgery and then hardware removal. Unfortunately, I can’t diagnose the source of your pain without examining the foot and ankle.
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