Re: 5 months post surgery (crushed calcaneus) what shoes, orthotics to wear?
I am also 9months post op. I never went to orthotics or even inserts. I wore a gel heel cup thing in my boot, but it never seemed to do much, so when I went to shoes, I didn't switch it over.
I'm now in a job where I am on my feet for most, if not all of the day, walking on uneven terrain, and then standing for a lot of it. I still get pain at the end of the day, but I wouldn't say it's unbearable. I can tell when I'm getting fatigued because my limp is way worse. Once I get home, I go barefoot or just in slippers, and that doesn't hurt, but I seem to limp a bit more.
At 5 months, I was no where close to this point, I was barely walking. I think I even was still using my cane, or had just gotten rid of it. So maybe you are trying to do too much at 5 months? I don't know your pain tolerance, but for me, being on my feet all day at 5 months would have been rough. Like Lisa said, try to take some more breaks if you can, or scale back your hours.
As for shoes, I love my Merrell hiking shoes I bought. They are like sneakers, but with more tread. All Merrell shoes have great insoles. I shied away from orthotics, but that's a personal preference.
Good luck with everything!