Table 1

Exclusion criteria

1Patients aged less than 16 years old
2Patients without a telephone
3Non-English speaking patients
4Patients who were mentally ill or who had learning difficulties
5Patients who were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
6Patients with a bony injury (excluded by the application of the Ottawa ankle rules16–18 and radiographs where indicated)
7Patients with multiple injuries
8Patients whom the treating clinician felt needed a plaster despite no fracture being seen on radiograph
9Patients with injuries more then 24 hours old