Medical Must-See: Sprint for glory leaves man with bilateral Achilles tendon rupture

Bilateral rupture occurs in just 1% of Achilles tendon rupture cases.
Figure 1. Preoperative examination. A palpable gap was evident 4-6cm proximal to the insertion of the Achilles tendon.

To loosely borrow from Oscar Wilde, to lose one’s Achilles tendon to rupture is a misfortune; to lose both simultaneously is just pure bad luck — as one middle-aged man discovered. 

The 52-year-old presented to ED unable to walk or stand without help and severe pain in both ankles, reported orthopaedic surgeons from the University General Hospital of Larissa in Greece.