In line with NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) criteria, “early” weight-bearing was defined as unrestricted weight-bearing on the affected leg within 3 weeks of injury or surgery and “delayed” weight-bearing as unrestricted weight-bearing permitted after 3 weeks. Radiographic and clinical analysis at three and six months did not display a difference between the two groups. According to AO/OTA fracture classification, there were four of type-44A (4%), 21 of type-44B (81%), and one of type-44C1 which did not require syndesmotic reduction and fixation (4%). Posterior malleolus fractures were fixed on a case-by-case basis. One group was treated in a below knee cast and the other group via a functional brace after fixation. When blood collects in a compartment, that part of the leg swells, making it a challenge to recover. 2016 May;37(5):554-62. doi: 10.1177/1071100715620455. A controlled study,”, M. Bauer, K. Jonsson, and B. Nilsson, “Thirty-year follow-up of ankle fractures,”, J. W. Mast and W. A. Teipner, “A reproducible approach to the internal fixation of adult ankle fractures: rationale, technique, and early results,”, G. Joy, M. J. Patzakis, and J. P. Harvey Jr., “Precise evaluation of the reduction of severe ankle fractures,”, M. A. Mont, E. D. Sedlin, L. S. Weiner, and A. R. Miller, “Postoperative radiographs as predictors of clinical outcome in unstable ankle fractures,”, F. A. Pettrone, M. Gail, D. Pee, T. Fitzpatrick, and L. B. Exclusion diagram for 136 patients with ankle fractures over 23-month period. 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). 2019 Dec;40(12):1397-1402. doi: 10.1177/1071100719867932. Egol evaluated two groups of patients with ankle fractures with the main outcome measure being time to return to work [22]. Copyright © 2015 Reza Firoozabadi et al. 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. Stover, “The use of gravity or manual-stress radiographs in the assessment of supination-external rotation fractures of the ankle,”, W. A. Phillips, H. S. Schwartz, C. S. Keller et al., “A prospective, randomized study of the management of severe ankle fractures,”, C. J. P. Simanski, M. G. Maegele, R. Lefering et al., “Functional treatment and early weightbearing after an ankle fracture: a prospective study,”, G. U. L. Arif, S. Batra, S. Mehmood, and N. Gillham, “Immediate unprotected weight-bearing of operatively treated ankle fractures,”, P. Honigmann, S. Goldhahn, J. Rosenkranz, L. Audigé, D. Geissmann, and R. Babst, “Aftertreatment of malleolar fractures following ORIF—functional compared to protected functional in a vacuum-stabilized orthesis: a randomized controlled trial,”, T. Ahl, N. Dalen, S. Holmberg, and G. Selvik, “Early weight bearing of displaced ankle fractures,”, M. A. Shaffer, E. Okerehe, J. Esterhai J.L. Bauer M., Bergstrom B., Hemborg A., Sandegard J. Malleolar fractures: nonoperative versus operative treatment. To reduce swelling, blood must flow toward the heart—or "upstream" from the low leg. 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. At 6-week followup, 20 patients were wearing normal shoes and 6 patients continued to wear the CAM Boot for comfort. Intraoperative fluoroscopy images were reviewed, and it was noted that the patient had a missed syndesmotic injury (Figure 3). Praemer A., Furner S., Rice D. P. Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States. 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. Ahl et al. The patients were then allowed full weight bearing at 3 weeks if no problems were identified. (a) Preexternal rotation stress mortise view. Box 3595798, Seattle, WA 98104, USA, 2Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. HHS Your PT can help you get a feel for how much weight should be placed on your leg. We are committed to sharing findings related to COVID-19 as quickly as possible. Only 1/26 patients was noted to have loss of fixation. Immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) allows patients to return to ambulation and activities of daily living faster and may facilitate rehabilitation. 2017 Jul 31;11:732-742. doi: 10.2174/1874325001711010732. 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. COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Passias BJ, Korpi FP, Chu AK, Myers DM, Grenier G, Galos DK, Taylor B. Cureus. Recently, emphasis has been placed on functional outcome and recovery. The major limitation being that only a subset of patients with unstable ankle fractures was allowed immediate full weight-bearing. Patients were instructed to keep the wound dry until seen at the two-week clinic followup. Only 1/26 patients was noted to have loss of fixation. The primary goals of fracture surgery and postoperative regimen are to minimize disability from injury. Ankle fractures are among the most common injuries treated by orthopaedic surgeons [1, 2]. Patients were excluded if they were not IWBAT based on specific criteria or if they did meet followup requirement. Arthroscopically Assisted Versus Standard Open Reduction and Internal Fixation Techniques for the Acute Ankle Fracture. 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 According to a survey of the members of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the average time period for non-weight bearing is five to eight weeks depending on the patient and the injury. 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. Recommendation ID NG38/4 Question. April 5- Received walking boot (full-weight bearing as tolerated) April 15- Began physical therapy; May 6- Weaned from walking boot to ankle brace (can't walk far) May 23- Weaned from brace; May 27- Driving again; July 24- Walking unassisted and living a fairly normal life again ; August 16- Last day of PT (given home exercise plan(HEP)) Orthopedic Clinics of North America. Patients with ankle fractures will be instructed to weight bear as tolerated (WBAT) while in a boot with a heel to toe normal gait and wean from walker or crutches to a cane or no support device. Short Term Complications in Geriatric Ankle Fractures Using a Protocolized Approach to Surgical Treatment: Is Early Weight Bearing Safe? You will be given 4 medications: Twenty-five patients had intraoperative postfixation radiographs that displayed symmetric joint space around the talus. Immediate Weight-Bearing after Ankle Fracture Fixation, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, 325 9th Avenue, P.O. ankle surgery, of which were allowed immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) in the acute postoperative period. In cases in which the medial malleolus was fractured, screws or small fragment plates were used for fixation. The boot was kept on at all times for the first two weeks. 2017 Aug;41(8):1507-1512. doi: 10.1007/s00264-017-3481-7. 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. 2020 Apr 6;12(4):e7557. You may place as much weight through the leg as tolerated, to your comfort. Park City, Ill, USA: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 1992. 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. Average followup time was 140 days (range 40–478 days). Your options are to elevate the leg higher than your heart when lying down, ap… The early weight-bearing group was allowed partial weight-bearing (10–15 kg) in an Aircast Air-Stirrup Brace immediately after surgery. performed a prospective study comparing functional early weight bearing (3 weeks) to 6 weeks without weight-bearing in a below knee cast [13]. Effect of Early Weightbearing Following Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Unstable Ankle Fractures on Wound Complications or Failures of Fixation.  |  Our findings show that patients can fully weight-bear as tolerated during the immediate postoperative period similar to patients with stable ankle fractures. Immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) allows patients to return to ambulation and activities of daily living faster and may facilitate rehabilitation. (b) Immediate postoperative mortise and lateral radiographs. -, Mast J. W., Teipner W. A. When starting weight bearing, it's okay if there is a slight increase in pain while weight bearing and a moderate increase in background pain for a couple of days afterwards. Another limitation of this study is that we did not have a control group and seven patients did not have appropriate followup and therefore excluded. Weight Bearing As Tolerated (WBAT): There is no limitation on the amount of weight you can place through the surgical/injured leg. Radiographic evaluation at six weeks displayed no loss of reduction in 25 patients (96%) and one loss of reduction (4%). eCollection 2017. Postoperative protocols were similar to all patients. Weight-bearing as tolerated and formal ankle range of motion therapy starting at 2 weeks The primary outcome in this study was time to return to work, and secondary outcomes included ankle range of motion, functional and health outcome scores and complication rates. The above stated studies all suggest that earlier weight-bearing and motion would allow patients earlier return to function without any compelling disadvantage. This was found at the 6-week followup and was attributed to a missed syndesmotic injury. Braun BJ, Veith NT, Rollmann M, Orth M, Fritz T, Herath SC, Holstein JH, Pohlemann T. Int Orthop. We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. 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. More recently, Starkweather et al. Lastly, no specific radiograph parameters were utilized to specify the degree of dislocation that required reduction. Review articles are excluded from this waiver policy. The Rocker bottom design minimises the sagittal plane motion in the specific joint of the foot, which also facilitates the course of recuperation. Radiological study of the secondary reduction effect of early functional exercise on displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures after internal compression fixation. May remove dressing in 48 hours and leave open to air. Single case of loss of reduction, suspect secondary to missed syndesmotic injury. Mean time from surgery to return to work was substantially shorter in the functional brace early movement group (7.6 versus 15.2 weeks). Pyle C, Kim-Orden M, Hughes T, Schneiderman B, Kay R, Harris T. Foot Ankle Int. 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. Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica. This site needs JavaScript to work properly. -. (a) Preexternal rotation stress mortise view. Immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT) allows patients to return to ambulation and activities of daily living faster and may facilitate rehabilitation. Clinical evaluation at two weeks was noted for two patients having peri-incisional erythema that resolved with a short course of oral antibiotics (8%). Online ahead of print.  |  1985;56(2):103–106. 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,”. Postoperative care after an ankle fracture ranges from complete non-weight-bearing with immobilization cast to full weight-bearing as tolerated with no protective equipment. Keep ankle elevated and dry. If all seven of these patients had loss of reduction then the failure rate would be unacceptable at 24%. Move ankle as much as possible. The syndesmosis was reduced and held in place with two 3.5 mm screws if stress testing displayed widening after the malleoli were fixed. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005595.pub3. Fifteen patients (58%) were cigarette smokers, and two patients (8%) had noninsulin dependent diabetes with no peripheral neuropathy. 2003;11(6):403–412. Would you like email updates of new search results? You definitely do not want any sharp pain when applying weight to your foot. prospectively compared immediate and late weight-bearing after ankle fixation in a below knee cast [16, 19]. Medial malleolus fixation was required in eleven patients (42%); screws were used in ten cases (91%) and a plate in 1 case (9%). USA.gov. Gait results with and feasibility of a dynamic, continuous pedobarography insole. Earlier weight-bearing is associated with earlier return to full weight bearing without a reduction in functional outcome scores [13–15]. You will be allowed to weight bear as tolerated. 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. Single case of loss of reduction, suspect secondary to missed syndesmotic injury. Both groups were nonweight-bearing on the affected side. This study has a number of limitations inherent in any retrospective case series. -, Bauer M., Jonsson K., Nilsson B. Thirty-year follow-up of ankle fractures. Decreasing the swelling is easier if you can move—but you can't move after ankle surgery. Placing weight through the leg is important for preventing the … See this image and copyright information in PMC. Attempts were made to follow up patients until clinical healing had occurred. (b)…, NLM (a) Preoperative mortise and lateral radiographs. When you are in plaster you may not take any weight on that leg. 2 weeks no weight bareing, 8 + weeks in camwalker boot - weight bearing as tolerated. The study methodology with a prospective expert panel … doi: 10.3109/17453678508994329. 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. 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. 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? 2012 Nov 14;11:CD005595. 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. Lateral malleolus fixation included 20 1/3rd tubular plates (77%), four precontoured posterolateral plates (15%), and one intramedullary nail (4%). A reproducible approach to the internal fixation of adult ankle fractures: rationale, technique, and early results. Patients who were allowed IWBAT were protected in a Controlled Ankle Motion (CAM) Walker Boot. This was found at the 6-week followup and was attributed to a missed syndesmotic injury. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. 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. 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. Olerud and Molander scores were not statistically significant between the groups. Patients with poor bone quality and comminution should potentially also be excluded. 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. Patients were randomized to unprotected non-weight-bearing, protected weight-bearing, and unprotected weight-bearing as tolerated. Clipboard, Search History, and several other advanced features are temporarily unavailable. 1985;199:17–27. 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. Open Orthop J. 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. 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. Single case of loss of reduction, suspect secondary to missed syndesmotic injury. 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. Do not submerge ankle for 2 weeks. Epub 2017 Apr 19. 3-6 weeks -Weight bearing advancement and activity restrictions per MD/fracture type -Boot/cast per MD -Exercises and hands-on techniques (by the PT) for foot and ankle active and passive range of motion -Strengthening for core, hips, knees (maintain precautions) -Weight shifting with boot and assistive device (maintain precautions) Make a mental note of this, and limit the pressure placed on your operated leg during walking to this restriction. Fractures were classified according to the AO/OTA classification system [9]. Intraoperative fluoroscopic images of failure case. 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. At 2-week followup, 2 patients had peri-incisional erythema that resolved with a short course of oral antibiotics. Medial clear space widening suggestive of missed syndesmotic injury. 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). Weight-bearing recommendations after operative fracture treatment-fact or fiction? May shower and get ankle wet. 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. (a)…, Intraoperative fluoroscopic images of failure…, Intraoperative fluoroscopic images of failure case. Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! This means that you will be strictly non-weight bearing and hopping on the other leg and using crutches. We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. 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]. They may prescribe 25% weight-bearing, 50% weight-bearing, or 75% weight-bearing. No disadvantage was noted in regard to the early weight-bearing group both clinically and radiographically. Immediate Weight Bearing and Range of Motion After Internal Fixation of Selected Malleolar Fractures: A Retrospective Non-Inferiority Controlled Study. Patients were offered a removable ankle stirrup to aid in weaning. 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. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 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. retrospectively reviewed 126 patients who bore weight in a short leg cast within 15 days after surgical repair of acute unilateral closed ankle fractures. 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 … (a) Preexternal rotation stress mortise view. Abstract and Figures We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. Posterior malleolus required fixation in five cases (19%). Reza Firoozabadi, Emily Harnden, James C. Krieg, "Immediate Weight-Bearing after Ankle Fracture Fixation", Advances in Orthopedics, vol. NIH We assume that earlier weight-bearing will allow patients to return to their activities of daily living quicker, with an overall easier time during convalescence. At two weeks, the dressings were removed and the wound assessed. Gonzalez TA, Macaulay AA, Ehrlichman LK, Drummond R, Mittal V, DiGiovanni CW. These instructions are specifically for patients that are partial weight bearing (PWB). Ninety-nine percent of the radiographs showed no loss of reduction on final followup examination [23]. suffered broken ankle in May 2010. Patients were e… This study was designed to analyze whether immediate weight-bearing after stabilization of unstable ankle fractures would result in early loss of fixation. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 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. 1980;11(3):661–679. At 6-week postoperation, the boot was discontinued if the patient had not already converted over to a shoe. The primary endpoint of the study was the Olerud Molander Ankle Score (OMAS) 12 weeks after randomization. As a result, 26 patients were included for assessment in this study. 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 … The mechanism of injury included 17 low-energy falls, three motor vehicle accidents, two pedestrians struck by motor vehicles, two twisting injuries while playing sports, one fall off bicycle, and one assault. 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. The sutures were removed and replaced with Steri-Strips. WBs have good fixity to allow immediate weight-bearing postoperatively, and there were no cases with loss of reduction postoperatively. At six weeks, no wound issues were noted. Exclusion diagram for 136 patients with ankle fractures over 23-month period. (a) Preoperative mortise and lateral radiographs. J Orthop Trauma. Following operative treatment of ankle fractures, most physicians advocate a period of nonweight-bearing followed by partial progressive weight-bearing. It is very important that you adhere to your weight-bearing instructions in order to avoid disrupting the healing process. Before growth plates are fused, physeal injuries are more likely than ligamentous injuries (b) External rotation stress mortise view. Patients were excluded if they were not IWBAT based on specific criteria or if they did meet followup requirement. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Time to return to work was not assessed. Faster return of function and return to work are related to rehabilitation strategy. Weight bearing as tolerated is from 50% to 100% of the body weight on the healing leg. 2020 Nov 9. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000002003. 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 controlled study. 1989 Jan;71(1):23-7. Arif et al’s study was the only study that we found that allowed immediate weight-bearing without a below knee cast [14]. Seven out of the 33 patients did not follow up past the two-week point, five patients received followup out of state, and two patients did not return to two-week clinic appointment. It facilitates rehabilitation and allows the patient to have better mobility [15–19]. Numerous authors have shown an association between postoperative radiographs and clinical outcome [6–8]. (c) 6 weeks of followup mortise and lateral radiographs. 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