If the bones of your tibia still line up correctly, you will have treatments such as:
If the bones of your pilon fracture are out of place, you will likely need surgery. Your surgery may wait until the swelling has gone down. While you wait, you may need to have a splint or an external fixator.
During surgery, the bones are lined
up correctly. They may also be held in place with special plates and screws. This is
called internal fixation. If the fixation is out of the skin, it is called external
fixation. The plates and screws may be removed weeks or months later. After your leg has
healed a bit, you may start physical therapy exercises. You may have a removable brace
or splint. This can be taken off during physical therapy. The exercises will help build
up strength and increase your range of motion. You’ll also need to use a walker,
crutches, or a cane for several months after your injury.
Follow all of your doctor’s instructions carefully. Your doctor may tell you to:
Take a prescription blood
thinner to prevent blood clots
Not take certain over-the-counter medicines for pain that may interfere with bone healing
Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D to help with bone healing
Not smoke, because it can delay bone healing