This study will investigate whether a non-surgical treatment option will provide patients with comparable ankle function and quality of life to those treated with surgery.
Both treatments are used across the NHS currently and are not new or experimental.
In this study we use a process called randomisation, which means you cannot choose which treatment you have.
If you decide you would like to be involved in the study you will be asked to sign a consent form.
The only additional commitment we would ask of you would be to fill out a questionnaire at the start of treatment and on three occasions during your recovery.
As you have broken your ankle you are eligible to be a part of this study.
This study is expected to last 8 years. At the end of the study we will publish the findings in medical journals and at medical conferences.
The FAME study is trying to find out the best way to treat a broken ankle in adults under the age of 60.
We would like to invite you to take part in a research study investigating two different types of treatment for your broken ankle.
We expect that 40 hospitals across the country will be taking part in this study and we hope to recruit 890 patients with a similar injury to yours.
Why is the study happening?