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What did I do?
My thesis looked at optimising the outcome of patients following percutaneous and minimally invasive repair following Achilles tendon rupture.
Why did I do it?
Early studies on the management of Achilles tendon ruptures used complications as a primary outcome measure. Recent randomised controlled trials have shown no difference in patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) but patients are weaker after non-operative treatment compared with operative repair.
Following Achilles tendon rupture treated with percutaneous repair, the majority of patients have excellent/good outcome scores but many of these patients had alteration to the resting posture of the ankle joint, which may represent elongation of the Achilles tendon, causing the plantar flexion weakness (figure 1). I wanted to investigate this.
Funding This study was funded by Research Bursary, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Not required.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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