Foot and ankle injuries in motor vehicle accidents

Jr Wilson L.S., M. S. Mizel, James D. Michelson

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Background: We studied foot and ankle (F/A) injuries that occurred in motor vehicle accidents treated in a Level 1 trauma center. Methods: The records of F/A injuries of 2248 consecutive orthopedic patients were reviewed to find foot and ankle injuries. Results: Pilon fractures were common. Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) occupants with F/A injuries had a higher injury Severity Score than those without (17.9 vs. 11.6, p <001). MVA F/A injury risk was higher without restraint [relative risk ratio (rrr) 1.68, p .05, NS). Conclusion: Patients with F/A injuries may have serious associated injuries. Air bags may not protect feet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalFoot and Ankle International
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes



  • Air Bag
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Foot
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Motor Vehicle Accident

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Wilson L.S., J., Mizel, M. S., & Michelson, J. D. (2001). Foot and ankle injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Foot and Ankle International, 22(8), 649-652.