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BET 2: Immobilisation of stable ankle fractures: plaster cast or functional brace?

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Report by: Anna J Thackray, CT3 EM and Jonathan Taylor, CT3 EM

Search checked by: Charlotte E Cross, ST4 Trauma & Orthopaedics

Institution: Manchester Royal Infirmary


A short-cut review of the literature was carried out to establish whether a functional brace was as good as a traditional plaster of Paris to immobilise a stable ankle fracture in terms of functionality and recovery speed. A total of 260 papers was found using the below outlined search method, of which five were thought to represent the best evidence to answer the specific clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant …

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