Complications of ankle fractures in diabetic patients

Christopher Bibbo, Sheldon S. Lin, Heather A. Beam, Fred F. Behrens

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Ankle fracture in patients with DM mandates a stepwise protocol to minimize the potential complications of delayed fracture healing, wound complications, and development of Charcot arthropathy. For nondisplaced ankle fracture, a nonoperative approach with increased duration of immobilization seems successful based on experience of the limited series. A displaced ankle fracture in a patient with DM requires a surgical intervention. The authors advocate tight glucose control in both groups to improve the fracture milieu and to ameliorate the potential complications. Appropriate stable fixation with adequate length of immobilization is crucial for successful fracture resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-133
Number of pages21
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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