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 Anyone have a metal plate/screw in their bones come loose?
Power2thePeople  [Member]
8/13/2011 9:52:18 PM
Long story short, I have a 6" titanium plate and six screws in my left tibia (shin, right above the ankle). I was more or less freerunning a few nights ago with some buddies, and in the morning I notice some dull pain, and a "bulge" right above my ankle, where the bottom of the plate makes a small "L" and has three screws. It's felt wierd ever since. Kind of a dull pain, and feels wrong. Last night my foot was tingling; this morning the top of my foot, down to my big toes feels asleep. Not full numb, but just the skin. Seeing my orthopedic surgeon ASAP, but what says the hive about my boring story?


So you don't have to:

I was more or less freerunning a few nights ago with some buddies

^ Well there's your problem...
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Jon_C_  [Team Member]
8/13/2011 9:58:24 PM
I had it happen with a pin that was in my upper arm (near my shoulder). Roughly 13 years after it was put in, it started sliding out and getting caught in my shoulder muscle very once in a while.

People really look at you funny when your in the grocery store, reaching for a shelf, you freeze, grimace, and reach with your opposing arm to push a 'button' on your arm so you can lower it again. Lol

If your case is like mine, they'll remove the hardware and you'll be GTG.
_Matt_  [Team Member]
8/13/2011 9:59:02 PM
how old is the plate and work?

i would assume a while or slap yourself for running, and if that is the case the bone should have grown around the screws by now

pappy177  [Team Member]
8/13/2011 10:06:21 PM
Tingling , asleep feeling is nothing to mess with , that's nerve damage starting.
GumbyTM  [Member]
8/13/2011 10:13:05 PM
fmjron  [Member]
8/13/2011 10:15:43 PM
i have them in me , but not yet and really don't won't it to happen.
DamascusKnifemaker  [Team Member]
8/13/2011 10:17:48 PM
My dad had a plate and a screw shear in his neck. You need to get it looked at as it will not get better on it's own.
toothandnail  [Member]
8/13/2011 10:19:44 PM
They took the screws and plate out of my son's leg after 1 year , that's the reason doc gave.

I know an older guy who has a screw floating around just under his skin on his forearm
Surgassist  [Team Member]
8/13/2011 10:21:53 PM
I had a tibial plateau fx and have a titanium plate and a lot of screws. I also know run in mud runs and such but I also train on an elliptical and limit my road runs to once very other week.

This is also the product I sell and my business the last eight years. Surgeon will take an xray, see if it's broken or if others are lose. Should be a simple stab incision and a screw driver and take the rest out if not broken.

Good luck!
Power2thePeople  [Member]
8/14/2011 9:54:22 AM
Thanks! The part that sucks is I have an olympic distance traithlon on the 25 I feel good enough to do it right now, but if the doc finds, then I guess that's higher in priority. I've had the plate and screws for about 6 years now- Run a lot, Crossfit, biking, triathlons.
Jarhead08  [Team Member]
8/14/2011 10:15:04 AM

TNC  [Member]
8/14/2011 12:33:16 PM

An orthopedic surgeon told me that, back in the day, fractured clavicles typically got metal rods inserted in them. They quit using that treatment because the rod would work its way along the length of the bone and protrude into the chest cavity.

He had removed one that was 2" from a guy's heart.

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