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Comparative study of functional bracing and plaster cast treatment of stable lateral malleolar fractures



Comparative study of functional bracing and plaster cast treatment of stable lateral malleolar fractures



Injury 20(6): 323-326



In a prospective, randomized study, the use of the Aircast pneumatic air stirrup was compared with a standard below-knee walking cast in the management of Lauge-Hansen supination-eversion, stage II ankle fractures. Forty patients were randomly allocated to the two treatment groups. The use of the air stirrup led to a significant improvement in early patient comfort, post-fracture swelling, range of ankle motion at union, and time to full rehabilitation. We advocate the use of the pneumatic air stirrup in the cost-effective management of stable ankle fractures.

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PMID: 2516838

DOI: 10.1016/0020-1383(89)90003-x


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