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Posted by corjack on November 15, 2000 at 14:29:04:

In Reply to: Are orthodics needed after bunion surgery? posted by Kathie on November 15, 2000 at 09:51:03:

: I am recovering from bunion surgery in August, and now my doctor wants to cast me for orthodics. I have heard conflicting stories about their worth. Besides the cost ($375), I'm concerned that they only will fit one type of shoe. I wear dress shoes for work, sneakers on weekends, and casual shoes at other times. Which do I pick? I'm not going to pay for three pairs of orthodics! By the way, I have flat feet. Does that make a difference? I would like to skip the orthodics, but I don't want to ruin my feet. Any advice?

If you had bunion surgery and have flat feet, orthotics are a good idea.
They are not simply arch supports. They have built in corrections for
your feet. They will help prevent recurrence of bunions. It's probably a
good idea to wear them 70-80 percent of the time you are on your feet.
They can be made narrower and thinner for dress shoes and still probably
work in other shoes. But the heel height in dress shoes should be under
1.5 inches. Most people after a few weeks of wearing them, it feels normal.
Comfort is rarely a problem.

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