SMART ankle feasibility study - Wesley Research Institute
Wesley Research Institute

Research Objectives





Patient Group

Patients undergoing ankle surgery

Study location

Wesley Research Institute, Jamieson Trauma Institute

Study type

Investigator Initiated

Lead investigators

  • Prof Michael Schuetz

Experienced investigators

  • Dr Panagiotis Barlas

About this research project

Ankle fractures are a common lower limb fracture and lead to important limitations in activities and adverse events. Available statistics for the period 2015 to 2020, show that 7,570 ankle fracture surgical repairs were performed in Queensland. At present, there are no optimal standardised protocols for ankle fracture rehabilitation.

Studies suggest that weight-bearing is a key feature of successful rehabilitation. To improve rehabilitation outcomes we aim to use a weight-bearing monitoring sensor to record patient compliance with rehabilitation protocols.

Patients will be fitted with an Aircast AirSelect standard walker boot (or similar) in the operating theatre following surgical repair of an ankle fracture.

The technology allows for these interventions to also be delivered remotely, reducing the need for clinical time and improving patient experience and adherence to rehabilitation regimes. Patients will benefit from interactive, personalised protocols, ensuring optimal rehabilitation and better long-term outcomes.

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