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Table 2 Patient characteristics, injury mechanisms and reasons for delayed treatment

From: Disappointment and frustration, but long-term satisfaction: patient experiences undergoing treatment for a chronic Achilles tendon rupture—a qualitative study

Patient Age Sex Occupation Injury mechanism Reasons for delayed treatment
1 70 Male Retired Cannot with certainty account for a specific time-point of injury. Retrospectively suspects the injury happened in conjunction with using a mechanical cultivator Waited to seek care a few months believing it was a tendinitis, which he had previously had on the contralateral side
2 78 Male Retired Sprained his ankle while playing with grandchildren on the beach Waited to seek care a few weeks believing it was only an ankle sprain. Received the diagnosis partial rupture of the Achilles tendon at the first medical assessment in primary care and were referred to physical therapy
3 75 Female Retired Stumbled over a threshold at home Waited to seek care believing it was an ankle sprain
4 72 Male Retired Cannot with certainty account for a specific time-point of injury Waited to seek care a few months believing it was a tendinitis
5 75 Female Retired Cannot with certainty account for a specific time-point of injury. Retrospectively suspects the rupture occurred gradually, first partially when climbing up from the water on slippery cliffs and finally a few months later when walking down the stairs Sought medical attention in the primary care 1 week after the final injury event and received the diagnosis ankle sprain
6 69 Female Retired Stumbled on an obstacle on the ground and fell forward Waited to seek care a few months because of busy at work. Sought medical attention in primary care a few weeks after and received the diagnosis calf muscle tear
7 74 Male Working Forced dorsiflexion of the ankle during obstacle course training Received only the diagnosis ligament tear at the acute setting
8 77 Male Working Playing badminton for the first time in 40 years Achilles tendon rupture was ruled out by medical assessment in primary care and the patient were referred to physical therapy
9 52 Male Working Threw himself backwards during a gas explosion Waited to seek care not realizing the extent of the injury
10 33 Male Working Forced dorsiflexion of the ankle during obstacle course training Waited to seek care for a week believing it was a calf muscle tear. Received the diagnosis calf muscle tear when seeking medical attention in primary care