Ankle fractures are one of the most common injuries of the lower extremity. A recent study shows that rapid functional gains over the first 6 months after an ankle fracture are common, but there are little to no gains 18-24 months into the recovery cycle (Beckenkamp, 2014). When looking at how well patients recovered after surgery, patients are categorized as having good recovery yet are still unable to return to their previous level of sport (Hong, 2013). This brings up the issue of whether there are performance based tests that would be appropriate for ankle fracture patients to determine return to sport or higher level activity. The purpose of our study was twofold: first, to determine if ankle fracture patients demonstrate functional strength and ROM deficits after completing typical rehabilitation following an ankle fracture. Second, if there are superior clinical tests to capture these deficits that they may exhibit.
Houck, Jeffrey, "Clinical and Lab Based Measures of Physical Status Following Rehabilitation for Ankle Fractures" (2016). Student-Faculty Research - School of Physical Therapy. 44.