Unna Boots for Ankle Fracture Swelling

2019-09-17 02:47:34 | BioPortfolio


This study will evaluate the difference in soft tissue swelling prior to surgery and wound complications after surgery between unna boot application versus standard splint application. An unna boot is an extra zinc covered wrap around your leg followed by standard splint application (cotton dressing, plaster, then soft dressing). Prior to surgery your swelling will be measured and compared to the standard splint application group. After surgery, you will be monitored for wound complications, pain, and range of motion.


The purpose of this study is to compare preoperative swelling and frequency of wound complications in ankle fractures through standard splint and an unna boot compressive dressing with a splint. Quantitative and qualitative measurements will be analyzed to compare edema and wound complications. Secondary goals are to evaluate the quantitative differences in ankle range of motion and visual analogue scale (VAS) pain scores. The hypothesis of this proposed study is that there will be less soft tissue swelling and wound complications with the use of an unna boot when compared to the standard splint. We also hypothesize that there will be improved ankle range of motion and visual analogue scale (VAS) pain scores with the use of an unna boot when compared to a standard splint. Patients will be randomized to either the standard splint or an unna boot and quantitative and qualitative measures will be collected. This data could change the practice for preoperative management of soft tissue swelling following ankle fractures.

Study Design


Ankle Fractures


Unna Boot


Not yet recruiting


Medical University of South Carolina

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-09-17T02:47:34-0400

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Fractures of any of the bones of the ANKLE.

Harm or hurt to the ankle or ankle joint usually inflicted by an external source.

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