Ankle fracture is one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries sustained in the UK.
Every day in the UK around 170 people break an ankle.
They tell us that they have pain and physical limitations for several weeks, or sometimes months, after the injury. It can also mean that they have to take a long time off work. We know some people can have pain in their ankle as well as some functional limitations for as long as three years or even longer.
In most hospitals, simple ankle breaks are treated with a plaster cast or a walking boot. If the break is more complicated with the broken bones out of place, or if they wouldn’t stay in line when walking in a boot or plaster, an operation is performed to fix the bones in place with screws and a plate.
Chief Investigator Consultant Trauma Surgeon
Xavier is the Chief Investigator for NIHR randomised clinical trials and has also received commercially funded grants. His research interest is in clinical and cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal trauma interventions.
As Clinical Trials Manager in Oxford Trauma Group, Susan is responsible for day-to-day management of clinical trials. Susan works with a clinical trials administrator to deliver the FAME study.
Warren is the trial trainer, visiting hospitals to instruct them in trial procedures and close contact casting techniques.