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Table 2 Clinical and radiographic outcomes

From: Posterior pilon fracture treated by opening the fibula fracture gap

Factor OFFL (n = 31) TPL (n = 28) t test p value
Fracture healing time (month) 2.7 ± 0.7 3.0 ± 1.0 t = − 1.498 0.140
Full weight-bearing time (month) 3.4 ± 0.5 3.7 ± 0.8 t = − 1.455 0.151
Anatomic repositioning (n) 25 (81%) 20 (71%) χ2 = 0.691 0.406
VAS (rest) 0.5 ± 0.6 0.6 ± 0.5 t = − 1.009 0.313
VAS (activity) 0.9 ± 0.8 1.1 ± 0.8 t = − 1.224 0.221
VAS (weight-bearing walking) 1.5 ± 0.9 1.6 ± 0.9 t = − 0.271 0.786
AOFAS 86.6 ± 7.1 82.7 ± 6.9 t = 2.133 0.037
  1. Bold indicates statistically significant
  2. OFFL open fibula fracture line group, TPL traditional posterolateral group, AOFAS American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Score, VAS visual analog score pain score