Question: In patients having repair of Achilles tendon ruptures,
does early motion or immobilization after surgery reduce Achilles tendon
elongation?Design: Randomized (allocation concealed), unblinded, controlled
trial with 60-week follow-up.Setting: A university hospital in Oulu, Finland.Patients: 50 patients who were 21 to 55 years of age (mean age 36 y,
92% men) and treated for an acute, complete, closed Achilles tendon rupture.
Exclusion criteria included an age of >60 years, a delay in treatment of
=1 week, systemic or local corticosteroid treatment, a previous Achilles
tendon rupture on the contralateral side, and diabetes mellitus.