Epidemiology of ankle fractures in Rochester, minnesota

Peter J. Daly, Robert H. Fitzgerald, L. Joseph Melton, Duane M. Llstrup

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The epidemiology of ankle fractures was examined among Rochester. Minnesota, residents during the 3-year period 1979-1981. Ankle fractures occurred with an overall age- and sex-adjusted incidence rate of 187 per 100,000 person-years; this is higher than in earlier population-based studies. the most frequent cause of ankle fractures was sports-related trauma. the incidence of fractures associated with moderate trauma, on the other hand, increased markedly in middle-aged women, but declined in elderly women. Diabetes mellitus and obesity were associated with fractures in middle-aged and older adults. of accepted classifications, the Lauge-Hansen system provided the most clinically relevant information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-544
Number of pages6
JournalActa Orthopaedica
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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