About the Project
MethodsThis is a pragmatic randomised-controlled multi-centre trial, comparing immediate weight-bearing and range of motion (ROM) exercise versus non-weight bearing and immobilisation, following open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of unstable adults ankle fractures. The primary outcome measure is the ankle function Olerud and Molander Score, secondary outcomes measures include; complication rate, ankle ROM, physical and mental health outcomes SF36, time needed to return to work and postoperative hospitalisation length.
DiscussionThe literature is contradicting when it comes to the assessment of weight-bearing regimens following ankle fracture fixation. Immediate weight-bearing following ankle fracture fixation has not been investigated extensively. This randomised-controlled multi-centre trial will help in formulating a widely accepted guideline for postoperative management of ankle fractures.
Trial registration: ’retrospectively registered’ ISRCTN - ISRCTN76410775 30/06/2019
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