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    8 yrs ago I tore mine and it split my calf muscle in half. Lots of deep tissue massages help keep the scar tissue from building up, I did a lot of stretching and tons of rehab and was walking again in 6 weeks. Eat a lot of greens and proteins to help heal and rebuild, there are lot of great products at GNC that can aid in the healing as well. Good luck and work hard with the rehab and you will be climbing mountains in 3 months.

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    Good luck on the rehab and by fall you should be good. I ruptured my achilles on January 9th playing softball so know what you are going through. Went to two doctors and decided not to do surgery but let it heal. It was 6 weeks in a hard cast with heal elevated and now in boot with heal elevated. We had planned a trip to Kauai back in November so I will be going with boot and crutches. Being healthy and in decent shape hopefully with make recovery better but being 68 years old doesn't help. Doctor said should be hunting by October...

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    A guy I know was playing football at the park and his snapped. Just happen someone was videoing the game and you can hear it snap!

    He?s been off work for a long time and been in rehab. I think he?s back after 3 months.
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    I posted earlier about my total shoulder replacements, not an achilles,the rehab process is still similar. I had the surgeries ove a year ago and I am finally feeling like I have regained a lot of lost strength. I shoot competition in Bulls Eye pistol and Cowboy Shooting. This week I shot my best score in Bulls Eye in 2 years. Altho not back to where I once was, it was a great milestone. Same with Cowboy Shooting. My point is that it takes time to rebuild the muscles that surround and support the injured/repaired area. Took about a year until my thigh muscles felt really strong after a total knee replacement. Work hard and have patience....the older you get the more patience you need. I'm 76, so I can testify to that!!
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    I heard my pop like someone had shot me. We should always remember to be thankful for our mobility and be supportive of those that are so lucky...

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    I heard my pop like someone had shot me. We should always remember to be thankful for our mobility and be supportive of those that aren't so lucky...

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    Good luck and get better fast!


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    Worked at small public University in Northeast Missouri back in the late 90's through 2003. We had faculty/staff/student basketball games at the rec center every day at 11:00 AM. Had a blast!

    One day I was bringing the ball up court and planted my left foot to accelerate past defender...felt like someone stepped on my heel and felt a pop. Turned around...no one was there. Never even hit the ground. Just dropped the ball and started walking towards the sideline. Felt my Achilles and knew something was wrong. Wife at the time (now ex) was doctor (resident) at hospital across town. She drove over, picked me up, and we headed back to hospital.

    Walked right up to the doctor's lounge and she got the Orthopedic surgeon. He knew right away it was blown, asked me when I wanted surgery. I went home, got showered, and was back at hospital for 3 PM surgery. Home by 9 PM that night. Strange thing is after it ruptured it really didn't hurt. After surgery, another story. SUCK!

    I was on crutches for 4 weeks and we were getting ready to move to across the state...oh, and had two young daughters, 5 and 3 years old. I got off crutches and and was walking gingerly across the yard and felt a pop

    Back in hospital the next day for MRI...yep, you guessed it, ruptured it again! Another surgery and this time 6 weeks on crutches. Rehabbed it and actually played a little slow pitch softball the next summer. But my days playing basketball were certainly over.

    Now I run, bike, hike, swim, lift weights, kickbox, other cardio, and don't have any problems with the Achilles. Only lasting negative is the side of my foot is very tender to pressure. Doc said he must have nicked a nerve. Aside from that, all is well.

    Best part is the doc was neighbor in this small town, and billed me only what the insurance covered. I walked out of there for very little money out of pocket. Helped that my wife was a doc in training at the hospital. That was 15 years ago...

    Do your physical therapy and you will be good to go!

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    I shattered my left ankle 3 years ago, and as part of the total fusion surgery, the first thing the surgeon did was sever the Achilles to make room for installing the metal plates and screws. I guess it's not a big deal, because it heals so well. I was turkey hunting on crutches 9 weeks after the last surgery, working construction 14 weeks after, and packing moose quarters 7 months after. Listen to your doctor, and you will be back to doing what you love in no time.
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