Snapped Both Achilles Tendons At The Same Time !!!!

by dave



Hi all,

back in feb of this year , I managed to snap both of my achilles at the same time , I will never forget the noise they made one after the other as they snapped,
my local hospital IPSWICH in ENGLAND had never heard of any one doing this before.

I had no operation but spent three months in a wheel chair in plaster , then a further month or so in air boots " also known as moon boots "

I am now able to walk unaided but still in some pain , I try to walk as much as I can and find massage helps a lot !! would be nice to hear from any one with the same problem .

many thanks

Dave Brown


Joshua Answers:

Hey Dave.

Good times! I love the picture! :)

So, let's see. I take it that your Achilles tendons didn't rupture completely. How much did they rupture?

Could you walk at all after the snapping?

Boy, I bet massage helps. Your poor lower leg structures are so tight and shrunk wrapped in connective tissue right now.....anything you can do to open up all that tightness and constriction is a GOOD thing.

Did you have any amount of Achilles Tendonitis before? Meaning, did you have any symptoms and then snapped, or was it just out of the blue?

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May 23, 2019
child getting surgery
by: Anonymous

My son is 10 years old, a toe walker. Hes going to be getting surgery on both achilles at the same time. I've never known anyone to get this procedure done let alone a child getting this done. I keep hearing about others' stories saying it has taken them years before fully recovering. Just wanting to know what recovery will be like for him, he will be starting jr high in 2 years and has been waiting a really long time to join their track team (they dont have track in his elementary school). Will he be able to do this? If anyone has any feedback or tips to help him that would be great. Thanks.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Does your son have any other health/development issues?

Why do the doctors say he's a toe walker?

What exactly are they going to do during the surgery?

This may be after the fact at this point. If so let me know what exactly happened and how things have gone.

Apr 15, 2017
Bilateral achilles rupture from badminton, now mountain biking but can't jump
by: Anonymous

Fully snapped both my achilles in 2015 playing badminton. Had operations and took a year to walk normally without limp.

Started back mountain biking at 14 months and now fully fit coming up to 2 years.

Still struggle to jump however as flat footed now.

Dec 09, 2015
Both tendons snapped in building site accident
by: Anonymous

Ho Dave I snapped both my tendons 3 weeks had an operation it was an accident on a building site ,how was the recovery pt etc?


Dec 21, 2010
snapped achilles response - Snapped Both Achilles Tendons At The Same Time !!!!
by: Anonymous

I was doing the full stack on the calf raise, which was 580 lbs plus I weigh(ed) about 210 lbs. I have been working out for years and have handled this weight many times before. I spent about a year working up to this weight on this particular machine. With momentum and all weight considered, it was probably over 1000 lbs. When one side went, maybe the full load was on the other and that caused it to rupture too in an instant.....just a theory.

I have taken one of those antibiotics, but I think that it was about a 1 1/2 years prior to injury. My doctor said that they do render your tendons more vulnerable, but not for that long of a period time.

Jan. 5 is the date that I get my casts off and the boots on. The doctors said that I can weight bear then and undergo range of motion therapy. Outside of that, they don't have many other details.

I can tell you that I am very tentative about doing anything (mainly walking) as I don't want to experience this again. The ironic thing is that I have heard that calf raises could be on the recovery menu.


Joshua Comments:

Ironically, yes, calf raises will be on the menu. You have to lengthen all that back of the lower leg structure.

And, your doctor is way behind the curve. Damage from Levaquin and Cipro antibiotics, can and does last for years and years.

And it damages tendon in such a way that the tendon gets worse and worse over time.

So technically the original damage might not have lasted, but the effect on your tendons was to get structurally weaker and weaker.

Dec 06, 2010
Elite Achilles rupture club
by: Dino


I recently ruptured (completely) both tendons while working out. I was doing calf raises with too much weight and was using poor form. My surgeon said the same thing, that he had never heard of this happening. I had them both surgically repaired about 4 weeks ago. I am wheelchair bound for another 4 weeks.

Hopefully you have good friends and family, as I am sure that your life became a complicated mess like mine did abruptly.


Joshua Comments:



Yes, life changes instantly when you can walk, or stand, etc.

Questions because I'm curious.

1. How much weight were you pushing?

2. What's your body size/weight?

3. Have you ever taken antibiotics of the fluoroquinolone class, like Levaquin or Cipro?

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