Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 131, Issue 1, pp 33–38 | Cite as

Achilles tendon ruptures in diabetic patients

  • Nicola MaffulliEmail author
  • Umile Giuseppe Longo
  • Gayle D. Maffulli
  • Anil Khanna
  • Vincenzo Denaro
Orthopaedic Surgery



The aim of this study is to evaluate the results of percutaneous repair of an acute AT rupture in diabetic patients.


The study included 39 subjects who were operated at our institution. We performed pre-operative evaluations the day of surgery, and report the results of post-operative evaluation at the final follow-up.


The Achilles tendon total rupture score had a post-operative average rating of 70.4 ± 13 (range 55–92). All patients were able to fully weight bear on the operated limb by the end of the eighth post-operative week. Eight patients suffered from a superficial infection of the surgical wound.


In conclusion, percutaneous repair of the AT is a viable option for diabetic patients.


Achilles tendon Ruptures Complications Diabetes Infections 


Conflict of interest statement



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Maffulli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Umile Giuseppe Longo
    • 2
  • Gayle D. Maffulli
    • 1
  • Anil Khanna
    • 1
  • Vincenzo Denaro
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Sports and Exercise MedicineBarts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Mile End HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma SurgeryCampus Biomedico UniversityRomeItaly

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