Operative Versus Non-operative Treatment of Achilles Tendon Rupture

This study has been completed.
The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
Information provided by:
Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: January 31, 2006
Last updated: April 7, 2014
Last verified: January 2009

This study is intended to determine whether the optimal treatment of acute Achilles tendon ruptures is surgical repair or functional bracing.

Our hypotheses are surgical repair will: 1) Result in a clinically relevant decrease in re-rupture rate and 2) Result in a clinically relevant improvement in disease specific quality of life and 3) A clinically relevant improvement in functional outcome measures

Condition Intervention
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Procedure: Surgical repair Achilles tendon rupture
Procedure: Non-surgical repair Achilles tendon rupture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Operative Versus Non-operative Treatment of Achilles Tendon Rupture: A Multicentre, Prospective Randomized Study.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Re-rupture rate

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Minor complications
  • Major Complications
  • Range of Motion, Strength and Calf Circumference
  • Strength Testing
  • Disease Specific Quality of Life

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: December 2000
Study Completion Date: July 2007
Primary Completion Date: July 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Complete Achilles Tendon Rupture Less than 7 days from date of injury Age 18-70 years of age Ability to follow rehab protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

Inability to Speak English Significant ipsilateral injury Open injury to Achilles tendon Neurological disease (ie stroke, cerebral palsy) Collagen Disease (ie Ehlers Danlos disease) Pregnancy Fluoroquinolone associated rupture (rupture within 2 weeks of taking medication) Unfit for surgery Diabetes Peripheral Vascular disease Avulsion of Achilles tendon from calcaneus

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00284648

Canada, Ontario
Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic
The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
Principal Investigator: Kevin Willits, MD University of Western Ontario, Canada
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kevin Willits, FKSMC
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00284648     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 99-36
Study First Received: January 31, 2006
Last Updated: April 7, 2014
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada

Keywords provided by Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic:
Achilles tendon

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 27, 2015