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Broken Growth Plate in Ankle?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 13, 2010
  • 00:09 AM

I recently (about 2 weeks ago) fell on the outside of my ankle and rolled it while playing basketball. I went to the hospitial and they told me to go to a specialist. He said it could possibly be a broken growth plate since it didn't show up on x-ray, and from his tests. He gave me a walking boot and told me to use cruches if I need to. I can walk with the walking boot, but without it I can only stand. Is it really broke, and how long should I be out for?

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  • Hey, came on the site 4 something else but hey! I also broke my ankle (tib or fib can't remember the inside one) during a particularly violent game of soccer :) Believe me if its bust u will no all about it. My break sheared at the growth plate and shifted the end sideways leaving a telltale step. But absolutely no way could I bear any weight on it! Walk?!!4-5 weeks plastered and about the same rehab but thats fully plastered crutches only 4 complete fracture.I ain't a doctor but have broken both tib and fib in various sporting accidents! I would say they're 2 schools of thought... fully immobilise and rest completely OR maintain bloodflow by using it in order to get all the bad stuff out and good stuff back into the limb as quikcly as possible. I reckon...errr .. fully immobilise as much as possible, get it plastered, don't mess about, assume you have a significant injury, let whatever it is heal, completely ,then get back on it. You see I've still got a large protrusion of bone on of my other little ankle bones on the other leg which was a pulled tendon apparently. But with a few breaks I now suspect it was the tendon actually ripping part of the bone off rather than tearing itself when twisted really hard. I carried on limping around (thats English boarding school for ya) and strapping it massively for ages but it took ages and it felt weak for ages and basically turned into a nagging injury. I've been waffling on too long.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 13, 2010
    • 07:07 PM
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  • Well, considering the growth plate is a tendon and not a bone, I doubt it is a true break. A break in a growth plate would be a tear in the tendon at the end of the bone. It is more likely that you strained the tendon. It is best if you do not walk on the leg at all to allow the tendon to heal. Avoid any and all pressure to the ankle, such as tight shoes or wearing the boot too tight. Allowing continued strain will only aggrivate the injury, which the plate will have to be manipulated back into its original location, sometimes through surgery. After you are healed, I recomend going to physical therapy for strengthening exercises. Otherwise, you are going to injur yourself again shortly after. Are they entirely sure that the growth plate is injured and the ankle itself isn't broken? This is much more likely, as is a sprained ankle. Injuring the growth plate itself is fairly hard to do. It is best if you have additional testing, such as an MRI, CT, and ultrasound. If this is in fact an injured growth plate, you must take all the care you can or risk reduced bone growth in that one leg/ankle/foot.
    aleasha89 34 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
    • 05:21 PM
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  • Hello i did brake my growth plate inside my ankle and i dont think that is the case because i spent 1 week in a splint then had surgery then another week in a splint, a cast for four weeks and then a walking boot for four weeks plus i must have an aircast for 4 weeks for i dont thing that is the cast plus i am currently in physical therapy and to aleasha89 it is actually a plate nor a bone or tendon hope at helps
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  • my son broke his ankle about 2 months ago playing touch football he broke a bone near the ankle as well as snapped the growthplate, he had surgery and had wire put in it that has all been taken out and he had it in plaster for 6 weeks and than a moon boot. he still cant put full pressure on it and it swells if he's on it to long is this normal. He's 15.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 22, 2011
    • 03:27 AM
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