This is my first entry. I ruptured my Achilles tendon while backpacking in Wales. When I stumbled, I tried to catch myself from falling, but my heavy backpack was too much and my right tendon snapped. Didn’t hurt too much, but the foot wouldn’t work. I hiked for another week (on my right heal), but when I returned to NC found out the tendon tore from the heal, and had surgery 5 days later. Had to have screws to hold the tendon to the heal. Had a cast to the knee for nearly 3 weeks. Now I have a plastic brace which does not allow my foot to flex, and I cannot apply weight to the foot. Feels better then the cast. In about 3 weeks, I may get a walking boot. I seem to be one of the older (62) of the injured.