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This trial showed that early weight-bearing in a functional brace provides similar outcomes to traditional plaster casting at 9 months and is a safe treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture.

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Matthew L Costa 1,*, Juul Achten 1, Susan Wagland 1, Ioana R Marian 1, Mandy Maredza 2, Michael Maia Schlüssel 1, Anna S Liew 1, Nick R Parsons 3, Susan J Dutton 1, Rebecca S Kearney 2, Sarah E Lamb 1,4, Benjamin Ollivere 5, Stavros Petrou 2,6

1 Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
2 Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
3 Statistics and Epidemiology Unit, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
4 College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
5 Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology, School of Medicine, Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
6 Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
* Corresponding author Email: matthew.costa@ndorms.ox.ac.uk

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