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ACE Report #10428
Ace Report Cover Foot & Ankle

Post-Achilles tendon repair elongation unaffected by weightbearing protocol used after surgery


Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:1

The Ruptured Achilles Tendon Elongates for 6 Months After Surgical Repair Regardless of Early or Late Weightbearing in Combination With Ankle Mobilization: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Am J Sports Med. 2018 Aug;46(10):2492-2502. doi: 10.1177/0363546518781826

Contributing Authors: M Kjaer M Krogsgaard C Holm SP Magnusson P Eliasson AS Agergaard C Couppé R Svensson R Hoeffner S Warming N Warming MH Jensen

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Synopsis

75 patients following acute Achilles tendon rupture repair were randomized to one of three postoperative weightbearing protocols: restricted weightbearing to 7 weeks and no ankle mobilization exercises (LWB+IMMOB), restricted weightbearing to 7 weeks with ankle mobilization exercises (LWB+MOB), or complete weightbearing by 5 weeks with ankle mobilization exercises (EWB+MOB). Primary outcome was te...

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