Foot and ankle injuries in motor vehicle accidents

Lynnford S. Wilson, Mark 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 <. 0032] than with restraint except for air bagged drivers who were similar to unrestrained drivers (rrr 1.18, p >. 05, NS). Conclusion: Patients with F/A injuries may have serious associated injuries. Air bags may not protect feet. ɫ 2001 by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalFoot and Ankle International
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2001


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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