Old broken ankle healed bad with extra bone growth causing nerve pain

(Last Updated: Oct 15, 2007)

When a broken ankle sometimes heals wrong, it causes an additional growth of bone because of the bone aligning incorrectly. This condition or additional growth is called a bone spur. The medical name for this condition is called accessory ossicles. These growths sometimes can cause problems in posture and even cause pain. The pain occurs because the bone spur presses against ligaments or muscles or even nerves. It causes the person to use the foot in a wrong position, causing long term damage as well.

The extra bone or growth is diagnosed with the help of an X-Ray. An X-ray is usually taken only if the growth causes problem. Ordinarily one would not take an X-ray to spot a spur if it isn’t causing some physical discomfort.

Typically the treatment for bone spurs involves treating the reason for the discomfort the bone spur is causing rather than directly operating on that additional bone growth. Usually one of the main causes of pain is excess weight that can lead to additional pain on the joint. So remedying the weight might help reduce the pain.

Another common treatment is resting the joint, icing the joint and elevating the joint. Popularly known as RICE, this treatment often works well to reduce the pain and swelling. Another treatment used is the use of over-the-counter painkillers. NSAIDs or steroids can be given to reduce or control pain.  Physical therapy can also be used to treat the pain caused by bone spurs. Physiotherapy is used if the muscles surrounding this bone are weak. The therapy helps the bones strengthen. The strong muscles in turn help use the joint better despite the bone spur.

Occasionally a cast might also be provided for support. The support, known as orthotics, can always help.  Special boots and heel cups can also be provided to make it easier to walk and exist with the extra growth. If the pain persists and continues to aggravate and increase, it’s important that you seek a proper treatment or else you could damage a nerve permanently. If all these treatments do not provide any relief then surgery might be considered to remove this additional growth and set the bone right. Long term complications also include arthritis, osteoarthritis and spine issues.


  1. http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Bone-Spurs-Osteophytes.aspx

answered by A S

Home remedies for nerve and broken ankle -

  1. Do formentation by putting foot till the ankle gets covered in a hot water tub and then after 5 seconds removing it and putting it to the cold fridge water tub for 5 seconds. Repeat this cycle for 5 minutes.
  2. Take a homeopathic remedy called as hypericum 200 5 pills 2 times daily for 5 days.

answered by D M K

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