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Table 1 Inclusion and exclusion criteria

From: Acute Achilles tendon rupture: minimally invasive surgery versus non operative treatment, with immediate full weight bearing. Design of a randomized controlled trial

Inclusion Criteria Exclusion criteria
Achilles tendon rupture. Re-rupture/bilateral rupture/open rupture.
Treatment starts within 72 hours. Combination with fracture of foot or ankle.
Diagnoses by physical examination: palpable gap and calf muscle squeeze test. Former application (injection) of local corticosteroids in tendon area.
Age 18–65 years. Contra-indications for surgery.
Written informed consent. Physical or mental handicaps that do not allow functional treatment or otherwise interfere with the ability to follow-up on the study protocol.