It is common among people who rupture their Achilles tendon to worry about re-rupturing their repaired tendon, as well as their other, healthy tendon. The re-rupture rates with surgically repaired Achilles tendon are low, but it is still a concern. Also there are a few people on Achilles Blog who have ruptured both of their tendons on different occasions.
There are a few people on this blog who re-ruptured their Achilles while recovering from surgery. To learn more about their experiences, please visit their blogs:
- Dave’s Blog
- Chip’s Blog
- Jacobp’s Blog
- catnboot’s Blog
- gt84’s Blog
- matt68’s Blog
- Marianne’s Blog
- keithb’s Blog
- Julia’s Blog
In Dave’s case, he was fitted with half-length boot that came up to middle of his calf, not all the way up to just-below his knees. They say that it is better for lessening calf atrophy, but it doesn’t provide as much protection. Dave re-ruptured his achilles while wearing this type of boot. He was fitted with a full length (up to his knees) boot the second time around.
Chip had recently started walking in 2-shoes when he slipped while going up stairs and re-ruptured his achilles. It’s a really fragile period when you start walking without the protection of boots or casts. So you need to be cautious after you are out of boots for several weeks.
In addition, here’s are some excellent posts by Brendan and Tom on re-ruptures: