Fractures of the ankle are common injuries. We reviewed the results of 74 fractures of the ankle treated from 1991 to 1997. The ages of the patients ranged from 13 to 83 years with a mean age of 44 years. The fractures werw grouped into four types according to the Lauge-Hansen classification.
Clinical results were good in 68 cases, fair in 6 cases, and poor in 0 cases based on the Burwells x-p classification.
We compared the group with less than 1mm longitudinal displacement of the medial and lateral malleoli with the group with 1mm to 2mm displacement.
It was found that longitudinal displacements less than 1mm produced good clinical results.