Lisa, thanks so much for the post about the implants. I have heard of them but haven't really done much research. I sure hope ortho's start doing them as that sounds like a better solution. Since my so called good foot has been hissing at me lately I'm going to do some research myself. Your post was very helpful.
p.s. Re: returning to work: in my case I keep the books for our business and can do it from home so my "returning to work" was a LOT less stressful than most. Just rolled into my office and put my big ole foot on top of the desk. It looked quite interesting to anyone walking in but since it was only my husband and Boston Terrier it was all good.