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Ryan:
Years of wearing cheap shoes while working on my feet have left me with mishappen and painful feet. The misallignment causes me great pain in my hip and knees, so I am getting the right one fixed in three weeks, and the left 12 weeks after. Has anyone here gone through this, and are you satisfied with the results? Bunions, hammer toes, and my toes angled about 45 degrees to the outside... they say it will hurt like hell for a couple of weeks each time. Guzzi content- I want to be able to comfortably wear boots and feel the shifter and brake lever. I also need it all done in one year so my max out of pocket expenses are capped by insurance. I am cheap, after all.

Gusable:
Iím 50 now.. on my 40th birthday I woke up and stepped out of bed to screaming pain in my left heel. What the heck?? Whatís this? Plantar fasciitis.  Fine.  Got cheap inserts and got by for couple years. Older buddy sold me on getting custom orthotics for 500 bucks out of pocket. No insurance. Best thing I ever did. Fixed all the bad angles. Iím probably due for another set but Iím cheap!

krglorioso:
"I am cheap, after all".  You said it.  That automatically qualifies you for "Guzzi Content".

Ralph

pebra:
Ryan, responses are slow......

Probably because there's not much first-hand experience on the board.
But I'd guess there's quite a bit of experience with how it's worked out on wives / spesial others.

The outcome will depend on how bad you have it, and how good your surgeon is. IOW  a huge spectre of outcomes.
So, if you're lucky, you might be able to comfortably wear boots.
If not, you might require, uh, tailor-made footwear for the rest of your life, and repeated surgery.

Be kind to your feet!

john fish:

--- Quote from: Ryan on August 10, 2022, 07:39:28 PM ---Years of wearing cheap shoes while working on my feet have left me with mishappen and painful feet. The misallignment causes me great pain in my hip and knees, so I am getting the right one fixed in three weeks, and the left 12 weeks after. Has anyone here gone through this, and are you satisfied with the results? Bunions, hammer toes, and my toes angled about 45 degrees to the outside... they say it will hurt like hell for a couple of weeks each time. Guzzi content- I want to be able to comfortably wear boots and feel the shifter and brake lever. I also need it all done in one year so my max out of pocket expenses are capped by insurance. I am cheap, after all.

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I'm an orthotist (not fancy-- an orthopedic brace guy).   Your problems can not be fixed with inserts/arch supports/orthotics.  I'm sure you know that by now.

I've seen many, many folks after foot surgery.  My advice: find the local specialist surgeon.  Most surgeons would rather operate on anything rather than feet.  That includes brains and hearts.  Why?  As you've found out, feet are remarkably complicated little machines with lots of little parts inside, lots of articulations.  A specialist foot surgeon will understand that.  A general orthopedic surgeon will not.  Most larger areas have surgeons who specialize in feet.  Find that person.  Ask local orthotists or physical therapists or doctors.  Ask google for reviews.  You may have to travel to that person.  Do it. 

After the surgery, follow the protocol that the surgeon lays out.  Exactly.  If he tells you to stay off the post-op foot, stay off the damn thing.  Even if it means using a walking boot or knee scooter to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Foot surgery can work great.  Just make sure you see a specialist and do exactly what he says. 

Except for one thing.  Your surgeon may tell you that you don't need arch supports after surgery.  I'd get some anyway.  They won't hurt anything and they can help you be more comfortable.  Cheap ones usually work fine.

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