2017 Jul 31;11:732-742. doi: 10.2174/1874325001711010732. Keep ankle elevated and dry. You will be given 4 medications: Posterior malleolus fractures were fixed on a case-by-case basis. If your fracture is like mine, there is a background pain level with or without weight bearing. 2003;11(6):403–412. The primary goals of fracture surgery and postoperative regimen are to minimize disability from injury. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005595.pub3. These instructions are specifically for patients that are partial weight bearing (PWB). Patients were excluded if they were not IWBAT based on specific criteria or if they did meet followup requirement. Earlier weight-bearing has been associated with better mobility, shorter hospital stay, and earlier return to work. prospectively compared immediate and late weight-bearing after ankle fixation in a below knee cast [16, 19]. (a)…, Intraoperative fluoroscopic images of failure…, Intraoperative fluoroscopic images of failure case. At the last clinic visit, three patients had persistent ankle stiffness, one patient had symptoms consistent with peroneal subluxation, which resolved with physical therapy, and one patient required removal of medial malleolar fixation secondary to symptomatic hardware. (b)…, NLM The major limitation being that only a subset of patients with unstable ankle fractures was allowed immediate full weight-bearing. -, Mast J. W., Teipner W. A. Patients were instructed to keep the wound dry until seen at the two-week clinic followup. Copyright © 2015 Reza Firoozabadi et al. Ankle Hardware Removal . Postoperative protocols were similar to all patients. USA.gov. Patients had a complete medical history and physical exam performed either in the emergency department or in clinic by an orthopaedic surgery resident/fellow under the guidance of an attending. This was the same patient that was noted to have 1.7 mm of increased lateral joint space compared to medial and superior clear space. doi: 10.7759/cureus.7557. Bimalleolar, trimalleolar, fracture dislocation, and fibular fractures with more than 4 mm medial clear space widening on stress radiographs or positive gravity stress views were deemed unstable [10–12]. Immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) allows patients to return to ambulation and activities of daily living faster and may facilitate rehabilitation. Abstract and Figures We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. J Orthop Trauma. The primary endpoint of the study was the Olerud Molander Ankle Score (OMAS) 12 weeks after randomization. Weight Bearing As Tolerated (WBAT): There is no limitation on the amount of weight you can place through the surgical/injured leg. Epub 2015 Dec 9. Intraoperative fluoroscopic images of failure case. Move ankle as much as possible. retrospectively reviewed 126 patients who bore weight in a short leg cast within 15 days after surgical repair of acute unilateral closed ankle fractures. Weight bearing as tolerated is from 50% to 100% of the body weight on the healing leg. Intraoperative fluoroscopy images were reviewed, and it was noted that the patient had a missed syndesmotic injury (Figure 3). Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica. Ankle fractures are among the most common injuries treated by orthopaedic surgeons [1, 2]. Braun BJ, Veith NT, Rollmann M, Orth M, Fritz T, Herath SC, Holstein JH, Pohlemann T. Int Orthop. Intraoperative fluoroscopic images of failure case. suffered broken ankle in May 2010. The boot was kept on at all times for the first two weeks. This site needs JavaScript to work properly. A prospectively gathered orthopaedic trauma database at a Level 1 trauma center was reviewed retrospectively to identify patients who had sustained unstable ankle injuries treated by the senior author between January 2007 and December 2011. We will be providing unlimited waivers of publication charges for accepted research articles as well as case reports and case series related to COVID-19. Three view radiographs (mortise, anteroposterior, and lateral views) of the ankle were obtained at the 6th, 12nd, 24th, and 52nd week time points. The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper. Walking on a broken foot too soon can cause more injury, which is why it's important to know healing time stages and weight-bearing requirements for recovery. The sutures were removed and replaced with Steri-Strips. See this image and copyright information in PMC. Orthopedic Clinics of North America. Return to work was 55 days for the early weight-bearing group versus 91 days for the delayed weight-bearing group, which was statistically significant. At two weeks, the dressings were removed and the wound assessed. A prospectively gathered orthopaedic trauma database at a Level 1 trauma center was reviewed retrospectively to identify patients who had ORIF after unstable ankle injuries treated by the senior author. Based on the senior authors experience, patients were not made weight-bearing as tolerated for the following reasons: syndesmotic xation, polytraumatic patients with injuries otherwise precluding weight-bearing, frank fracture Medial clear space widening suggestive of missed syndesmotic injury. The Rocker bottom design minimises the sagittal plane motion in the specific joint of the foot, which also facilitates the course of recuperation. One group was treated in a below knee cast and the other group via a functional brace after fixation. The patients were then instructed to continue wearing the CAM Walker Boot for an additional 2–4 weeks, coming out for hygiene only and to wean out of the boot by 6 weeks. Had surgery with plate and screws to fix.  |  Medial clear space widening suggestive of missed syndesmotic injury. 2012 Nov 14;11:CD005595. Sign up here as a reviewer to help fast-track new submissions. You will be allowed to weight bear as tolerated. Early weight-bearing is routinely used to treat stable ankle fractures. Foot Ankle Int. 2015, Article ID 491976, 6 pages, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/491976, 1Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, 325 9th Avenue, P.O. This was a retrospective study with one group of patients that were allowed weight-bearing as tolerated postoperatively without a cast, and the other group of patients were placed in a cast and made nonweight-bearing for 6 weeks. Bauer M., Bergstrom B., Hemborg A., Sandegard J. Malleolar fractures: nonoperative versus operative treatment. Only 1/26 patients was noted to have loss of fixation. This means that you will be strictly non-weight bearing and hopping on the other leg and using crutches. At 6-week postoperation, the boot was discontinued if the patient had not already converted over to a shoe. One patient had 1.7 mm increased lateral joint space compared to medial and superior clear space. This was found at the 6-week followup and was attributed to a missed syndesmotic injury. This discretion was set by the senior authors practice guideline, which does not allow IWBAT in polytrauma patients, cases of syndesmotic disruption, and concerns for soft tissue compromise. (a) Preexternal rotation stress mortise view.  |  2 weeks no weight bareing, 8 + weeks in camwalker boot - weight bearing as tolerated. While we did not exclude patients for these two factors they can theoretically result in early failures in patients that are allowed to bear weight immediately. This study was designed to analyze whether immediate weight-bearing after stabilization of unstable ankle fractures would result in early loss of fixation. This occurred as a result of a missed syndesmotic injury. Make a mental note of this, and limit the pressure placed on your operated leg during walking to this restriction. A prospectively gathered orthopaedic trauma database at a Level 1 trauma center was reviewed retrospectively to identify patients who had ORIF after unstable ankle injuries treated by the senior author. 1980;11(3):661–679. Twenty-five patients had intraoperative postfixation radiographs that displayed symmetric joint space around the talus. 2020 Apr 6;12(4):e7557. At 2-week followup, 2 patients had peri-incisional erythema that resolved with a short course of oral antibiotics. Patients were offered a removable ankle stirrup to aid in weaning. HHS 2016 May;37(5):554-62. doi: 10.1177/1071100715620455. NIH 2017 Aug;41(8):1507-1512. doi: 10.1007/s00264-017-3481-7. May be weight bearing as tolerated on affected ankle. Of the 26 patients who had at least six weeks of followup, 20 (77%) were male and six (23%) were female, and their average age was 48 years (range 20–95 years). Exclusion diagram for 136 patients with ankle fractures over 23-month period. The study methodology with a prospective expert panel … (c) 6 weeks of followup mortise and lateral radiographs. IWBAT in a certain subset of patients with stable osteosynthesis following an ankle fracture is a safe alternative to a period of protected weight-bearing. We believe that a certain subset of patients with unstable ankle fractures treated with open reduction internal fixation can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately without jeopardizing the operative fixation or clinical outcome. (c) 6 weeks of followup mortise and lateral radiographs. (b) External rotation stress mortise view. We are committed to sharing findings related to COVID-19 as quickly as possible. All other types of ankle fractures require being placed in plaster. Post-operative weight-bearing in people with ankle fractures:- What is the most clinically effective and cost-effective strategy for weight-bearing in people who have had surgery for internal fixation of an ankle fracture? They may prescribe 25% weight-bearing, 50% weight-bearing, or 75% weight-bearing. Time to return to work was not assessed. We generally recommend becoming full weight-bearing in the boot prior to any of our boot weaning protocols. 2019 Dec;40(12):1397-1402. doi: 10.1177/1071100719867932. Although this study does support immediate weight-bearing postoperatively for a certain subset of patients with ankle fractures, we feel that a controlled, prospective trial is warranted to look further at the influence of delayed versus immediate weight-bearing after ankle fixation surgery. You definitely do not want any sharp pain when applying weight to your foot. Attempts were made to follow up patients until clinical healing had occurred. Stable, non-displaced, isolated uni-malleolar fracture (without opposing ligament injury), can be splinted in short leg splint or boot (with ankle at 90 degrees) with early weight bearing as tolerated (Phillips 1985), Mehta 2014) Operative: Indications are loss of joint congruency (i.e. A total of 136 skeletally mature patients underwent ankle surgery, 33 of which were allowed immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) in the acute postoperative period. Although no clear indications exist for fixation of small posterior malleolus fractures, many of the small fractures and all of the larger fractures were treated operatively. COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. To our knowledge, only one other group has published a series on immediate weight-bearing as tolerated after ankle fixation without a cast. Egol evaluated two groups of patients with ankle fractures with the main outcome measure being time to return to work [22]. (b) Immediate postoperative mortise and lateral radiographs. Ninety-nine percent of the radiographs showed no loss of reduction on final followup examination [23]. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. May remove dressing in 48 hours and leave open to air. Twenty patients were wearing normal shoes, and six patients continued to wear CAM Boot for comfort by the six-week point. Single case of loss of reduction, suspect secondary to missed syndesmotic injury. Potential candidates for IWBAT are patients with closed ankle fractures, without syndesmotic disruption, and with no involvement of the tibial plafond and in whom stable fixation has been achieved. At the six-week interval, the lateral joint space was 4.8 greater than the medial and superior clear space (Figure 2). Generally, when patients are placing between 50 and 75% of the weight on the injured leg they are able to transition to using 1 crutch or cane on the opposite side. Praemer A., Furner S., Rice D. P. Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States. Immediate Weight Bearing and Range of Motion After Internal Fixation of Selected Malleolar Fractures: A Retrospective Non-Inferiority Controlled Study. Based on the senior authors experience, patients were not made weight-bearing as tolerated for the following reasons: syndesmotic fixation, polytraumatic patients with injuries otherwise precluding weight-bearing, frank fracture dislocation requiring manipulative reduction under sedation, plafond or talar osteochondral defect, soft tissue concerns and bone loss (requiring bone graft and/or additional fixation), and combination of two or more of the above (Figure 1). Immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) allows patients to return to ambulation and activities of daily living faster and may facilitate rehabilitation. Average followup time was 140 days (range 40–478 days). (a) Preexternal rotation stress mortise view. Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! The early weight-bearing group was allowed partial weight-bearing (10–15 kg) in an Aircast Air-Stirrup Brace immediately after surgery. Box 3595798, Seattle, WA 98104, USA, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA, J. D. Michelson, “Ankle fractures resulting from rotational injuries,”, M. Bauer, B. Bergstrom, A. Hemborg, and J. Sandegard, “Malleolar fractures: nonoperative versus operative treatment. No bath, hot tub or pool for 2 weeks. A secondary goal is to minimize the period of convalescence and thus maximize function as expediently as possible, given the usual considerations to risk and benefit. We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. Study: Weight Bearing OK After ORIF for Ankle Fracture A study to be presented today found that for patients who underwent open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) for an ankle fracture, weight bearing as tolerated (WBAT) was safe, regardless of the fracture pattern. Michelson J. D. Ankle fractures resulting from rotational injuries. Early weight-bearing patients were able to obtain full weight-bearing in advance of the delayed group (7.7 versus 13.5 weeks, ). This reaffirms the importance of identifying syndesmotic disruptions. May shower and get ankle wet. Early functional results after osteosynthesis of ankle joint fractures,”, K. A. Egol, R. Dolan, and K. J. Koval, “Functional outcome of surgery for fractures of the ankle. To conclude, IWBAT in a certain subset of patients with stable osteosynthesis following an ankle fracture could potentially be a safe alternative to a period of protected weight-bearing. As a result, 26 patients were included for assessment in this study. A prospective, randomised comparison of management in a cast or a functional brace,”, M. P. Starkweather, D. R. Collman, and J. M. Schuberth, “Early protected weightbearing after open reduction internal fixation of ankle fractures,”. Ahl et al. Do not submerge ankle for 2 weeks. Placing weight through the leg is important for preventing the … Fram BR, Rogero RG, Chang G, Krieg JC, Raikin SM. Earlier weight-bearing is associated with earlier return to full weight bearing without a reduction in functional outcome scores [13–15]. Faster return of function and return to work are related to rehabilitation strategy. Patients were randomized to unprotected non-weight-bearing, protected weight-bearing, and unprotected weight-bearing as tolerated. This study concluded that, in certain ankle fracture patients, immediate weight-bearing as tolerated is “a safe alternative to a period of protected weight-bearing”, such as a cast. Additionally, while we did not exclude diabetic patients (no insulin dependent diabetic patients met inclusion criteria), one should consider not allowing patients with poorly controlled diabetes and/or peripheral neuropathy to bear weight immediately due to soft tissue healing concerns. J Bone Joint Surg Am. Our findings show that patients can fully weight-bear as tolerated during the immediate postoperative period similar to patients with stable ankle fractures. Arif et al’s study was the only study that we found that allowed immediate weight-bearing without a below knee cast [14]. Radiographic evaluation at six weeks displayed no loss of reduction in 25 patients (96%) and one loss of reduction (4%). Posterior malleolus required fixation in five cases (19%). 1985;56(2):103–106. The syndesmosis was reduced and held in place with two 3.5 mm screws if stress testing displayed widening after the malleoli were fixed. Radiological study of the secondary reduction effect of early functional exercise on displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures after internal compression fixation. doi: 10.3109/17453678508994329. We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. Purpose: The goal of this study was to assess if unprotected weight-bearing as tolerated is superior to protected weight-bearing and unprotected non-weight-bearing in terms of functional outcome and complications after surgical fixation of Lauge-Hansen supination external rotation stage 2-4 ankle fractures. Gonzalez TA, Macaulay AA, Ehrlichman LK, Drummond R, Mittal V, DiGiovanni CW. Park City, Ill, USA: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 1992. Epub 2017 Jun 28. Simanski et al.’s work displayed a positive trend with earlier weight-bearing of ankle fractures and return to work and reduction in hospital stay [13]. Online ahead of print. Operative protocol included open anatomic reduction and internal fixation of the fibula by resident/fellow supervised by the trauma fellowship trained the senior author. (a) Preexternal rotation stress mortise view. performed a prospective study comparing functional early weight bearing (3 weeks) to 6 weeks without weight-bearing in a below knee cast [13]. Box 3595798, Seattle, WA 98104, USA, 2Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. Your PT can help you get a feel for how much weight should be placed on your leg. Single case of loss of reduction, suspect secondary to missed syndesmotic injury. Review articles are excluded from this waiver policy. Would you like email updates of new search results? Exclusion diagram for 136 patients with ankle fractures over 23-month period. Chen W, Liu B, Lv H, Su Y, Chen X, Zhu Y, Du C, Zhang X, Zhang Y. Int Orthop. So one of my biggest pieces of advice for anyone with broken bones is to expect your energy to take a (nother) dip for the first few weeks after you start returning to weight-bearing (or return to normal activity outside your cast). In cases in which the medial malleolus was fractured, screws or small fragment plates were used for fixation. Passias BJ, Korpi FP, Chu AK, Myers DM, Grenier G, Galos DK, Taylor B. Cureus. Rehabilitation for ankle fractures in adults. More recently, Starkweather et al. Clipboard, Search History, and several other advanced features are temporarily unavailable. Lin CW, Donkers NA, Refshauge KM, Beckenkamp PR, Khera K, Moseley AM. A reproducible approach to the internal fixation of adult ankle fractures: rationale, technique, and early results. Open Orthop J. Recommendation ID NG38/4 Question. pilon fractures) or loss of joint stability Lateral malleolus fixation included 20 1/3rd tubular plates (77%), four precontoured posterolateral plates (15%), and one intramedullary nail (4%). Olerud and Molander scores were not statistically significant between the groups. At 6-week followup, 20 patients were wearing normal shoes and 6 patients continued to wear the CAM Boot for comfort. We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. No disadvantage was noted in regard to the early weight-bearing group both clinically and radiographically. At 2-week followup, 2 patients had peri-incisional erythema that resolved with a short course of oral antibiotics. When you are in plaster you may not take any weight on that leg. Van Herpe, “Quantitative criteria for prediction of the results after displaced fracture of the ankle,”, J. L. Marsh, T. F. Slongo, J. Agel et al., “Fracture and dislocation classification compendium—2007: Orthopaedic Trauma Association Classification, Database and Outcomes Committee,”, K. A. Egol, M. Amirtharage, N. C. Tejwani, E. L. Capla, and K. J. Koval, “Ankle stress test for predicting the need for surgical fixation of isolated fibular fractures,”, H. J. Schock, M. Pinzur, L. Manion, and M. 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Finsen V, Saetermo R, Kibsgaard L, Farran K, Engebretsen L, Bolz KD, Benum P. Early postoperative weight-bearing and muscle activity in patients who have a fracture of the ankle. When blood collects in a compartment, that part of the leg swells, making it a challenge to recover. Simanski et al. 2017 Sep;41(9):1953-1961. doi: 10.1007/s00264-017-3533-z. Short Term Complications in Geriatric Ankle Fractures Using a Protocolized Approach to Surgical Treatment: Is Early Weight Bearing Safe?  |  -. Immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) allows patients to return to ambulation and activities of daily living faster and may facilitate rehabilitation. At 6-week followup, 20 patients were wearing normal shoes and 6 patients continued to wear the CAM Boot for comfort. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. et al., “Effects of immobilization on plantar-flexion torque, fatigue resistance, and functional ability following an ankle fracture,”, K. Sondenaa, U. Hoigaard, D. Smith, and A. Alho, “Immobilization of operated ankle fractures,”, T. Ahl, N. Dalen, A. Lundberg, and C. Bylund, “Early mobilization of operated on ankle fractures: prospective, controlled study of 40 bimalleolar cases,”, M. Järvinen and P. Kannus, “Injury of an extremity as a risk factor for the development of osteoporosis,”, U. Stöckle, B. König, A. Tempka, and N. P. Südkamp, “Cast immobilization versus vacuum stabilizing system. 38 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery With doc's ok: If your doctor has ok'ed you to start putting weight on it without the need for a brace, it is "progressive weight bearing as … This study demonstrates that IWBAT in a certain subset of patients with stable osteosynthesis following an ankle fracture is a safe alternative to a period of protected weight-bearing. WBs have good fixity to allow immediate weight-bearing postoperatively, and there were no cases with loss of reduction postoperatively. A controlled study. Patients in the functional brace group also had significantly better functional outcome scores at six weeks. This study was approved by our institutional review board. At six weeks, no wound issues were noted. eCollection 2017. Open anatomic reduction and internal fixation are routinely advocated for displaced, unstable ankle fractures [3–5]. Finally, full weight bearing is 100% of the body weight on the healing leg with no assistive device. Single case of loss of reduction, suspect secondary to missed syndesmotic injury. (b) External rotation stress mortise view. ankle surgery, of which were allowed immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) in the acute postoperative period. Results of this meta-analysis show that following ankle surgery, 1) active exercises accelerate return to work and daily activities compared to immobilization, 2) early weight-bearing tends to accelerate return to work and daily activities compared to late weight-bearing. Arthroscopically Assisted Versus Standard Open Reduction and Internal Fixation Techniques for the Acute Ankle Fracture. (a) Preoperative mortise and lateral radiographs. Our patient group had one case of loss of reduction and fixation failure. We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. Safety of Early Weight Bearing Following Fixation of Bimalleolar Ankle Fractures. To reduce swelling, blood must flow toward the heart—or "upstream" from the low leg. Patients were excluded if they were not IWBAT based on specific criteria or if they did meet followup requirement. Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov, Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus, Find NCBI SARS-CoV-2 literature, sequence, and clinical content: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sars-cov-2/. Both groups were nonweight-bearing on the affected side. You are fighting against gravity. -, Bauer M., Jonsson K., Nilsson B. Thirty-year follow-up of ankle fractures. Following operative treatment of ankle fractures, most physicians advocate a period of nonweight-bearing followed by partial progressive weight-bearing. National Center for Biotechnology Information, Unable to load your collection due to an error, Unable to load your delegates due to an error. 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