The good news is that there is no tearing or permanent damage. There is some severe inflamation in the Achilles and surrounding tendons, but the damage itself is in the Achilles. It is repairable, but it will take time.
The bad news is that I am on some pretty severe restrictions with regards to what I can and can't do. For the next week I am resting. As of next week I can ride my bike (yay), swim, and go for short walks on flat ground. I will progress from there. I am not allowed to go hiking for at least 10 - 12 weeks. I am not allowed to start running again for at least 4 months, possibly up to 6 months. I have exercises I have to do twice a day to strengthen the Achilles and surrounding tendons.
Tom, the Physio, is optimistic that I will heal. My main concern is that I can't hike for 10 - 12 weeks. The next Rogaine is in 16 weeks. And our rescheduled Heyson hike is only 6 months away. That doesn't give me a lot of time to focus on my hill work which I was going to start working on asap. Tom knows the Rogaine is my next goal and said he will help me get there.
Overall my prognosis is good. I just have to practice patience. Something I am not very good at. Mid-January is my goal to start hiking again. I need to follow Tom's directions, do my strengthening exercises every day. Work on dropping some weight. And I will be ready to Rogaine and Heyson.