Early Progressive Strength Exercise for Treatment of Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture.

  • End date
    Jun 16, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Aalborg University Hospital
Updated on 16 April 2021


The purpose of this trial is to investigate the efficacy of standard care versus standard care combined with an early progressive exercise program in improving the function of the tendon and leg muscles after non-surgical treated Achilles tendon rupture


Acute Achilles tendon rupture often results in long-term muscular deficits. Patients struggle to return to work and sports with high load on the lower leg. Early functional rehabilitation has shown good results, but research on resistance exercise is scarce and the reporting of the specifics of the exercises are poor.

Condition Achilles Tendon Rupture
Treatment Standard exercises, Standard exercises plus Early progressive exercises
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04726189
SponsorAalborg University Hospital
Last Modified on16 April 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Acute total Achilles tendon rupture treated non-surgically
Diagnosed within 3 days (of their injury)
Age 18 - 65, able and willing to participate in the intervention
Able to speak and understand Danish

Exclusion Criteria

Achilles tendon rupture close to insertion on calcaneus or in the musculo-tendinous junction of the triceps surae
Previous Achilles tendon rupture or other conditions in either leg causing lower leg disability (pain, deficits in strength or range of movement)
Treated with Fluoroquinolons or Corticosteroids within the last 6 months
Diabetes or rheumatic diseases
Severe medical illness: ASA score higher than or equal to 3. (ASA: American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status classification system)
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