My situation is a little bit unique, so any advice or information you can give me is very much appreciated. Well i injured my achilles playing basketball in a 1 on 1 tournament on my military base. I exploded to hard off my right leg I guess and i felt a pop. It didnt hurt that much except for the fact that it felt like someone hit me in the back of the leg with a basketball. Since I never had a injury like that before i had no clue what was wrong. When i tried to get back up i realized my heel felt weird and i could barely stand on it. Im in the air force and in the military everything is done by appointments, and after four days I finally saw a on base doctor. We already established something was wrong with my Achilles but he was unsure of how extent the injury was because i had full range of my ankle but the test where you lay on your back didnt sit right with him so he set me up to get a MRI off base (they dont do MRI’s at my base clinic) that was another 4 days of waiting. In the meantime I was getting better and my limp started going away. A week later after getting my MRI the base doctor called me back when viewing the mri and said it was a complete tear and I have to go see a orthopedic. This was about another week and that doctor said you have worsen the condition by walking on it for four weeks. So the tendon is now 3 inches apart from each other. Of course I was scared and confused because I was feeling better and walking normal, but the problem was i couldnt push off hard enough to run or jump. That doctor basically said hes not sure he can fix the issue so i I went to another doctor and he basically said it did in fact worsen and my choices arent very good. he said with surgery theres a good chance he could repair it but theres a chance it wont work. Im getting the surgery on august 14th which is exactly two weeks from now and I dont know what to expect or if Im every going to be able to run again. Naturally im worried, because im not that old (37) and otherwise in very good shape. Im actually very healthy and before this i was very active. Me and the doctor didnt talk that much before i decided on the surgery (im sure we will talk more prior to it) but he did said hes very good and his success rate fixing these kinds of things was at 90 percent. He did say I will be alright but since i was still in shock from what he said before; everything else he said afterwards seemed like a blur. id appreciate anyones insight or opinions on what i just told you. Id love to know what my recovery time will be and what i should do during all this.
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