I have been diagosed with what the doctor referred to stage 4 arthritis. I believe this condition started from jamming my feet in ski boots that were too small in my youth. I am now 57 years old and I can't say I have extreme pain but more day to day discomfort from walking in a way to compensate for the problem. The thought of new shoes is a nightmare to say the least. The only shoes I can really say are semi comfortable are my flip flops and my crocs.
I am a business man and have to wear dress shoes from time to time a dread it. I have read alot of nightmare stories online and really don't know what to do. I am concerned about losing my job a a result of long recovery time. My Podiatrist wants to do joint replacement and made it seem like it was not a really big deal. After reading the online stories I am convinced that it is a big deal. I live in Eastern North Carolina on the coast near Morehead City and would like to see if anyone on this forum could make some doctor recommendations. Any reccomendation would be welcomed.