Posterior ankle splint

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Background

  • Also know as "Short-Leg Posterior Splint"
  • Adding a coaptation splint (stirrup) to the posterior splint eliminates inversion / eversion - especially useful for unstable fracture and sprains.

Indications

  • Distal tibia/fibula fracture
  • Tarsal/metatarsal fracture
  • Reduced dislocations
  • Severe sprains
  • Achilles tendon rupture (equinus position)

Procedure

Posterior Ankle Splint.gif
  • Assess distal pulse, motor, and sensation
  • Apply padding and splint material (e.g. Ortho-glass) as shown
  • Maintain position until splint material hardens and secure to leg (e.g. ace wraps)
  • Reassess distal pulse, motor, and sensation

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