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Researchers recommend early walking in a brace for Achilles tendon rupture

Researchers recommend early walking in a brace for Achilles tendon rupture

An NIHR-funded study reveals a breakthrough for sportsmen and women in the treatment of Achilles tendon rupture, according to researchers.

Experts found that early walking in a brace provides similar outcomes to plaster casting with no increase in the risk of complications, which they say paves the way for a big change in the way that patients are treated.

The UKSTAR trial - led by the University of Oxford - involved 540 participants from 39 UK hospitals, including 11 from Milton Keynes University Hospital, 25 from Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and 13 from Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Read more on the NIHR website