My feet are killing me. I have had bunion surgery on both.it was successful on the left but was botched on the right and I had to have corrective surgery done. This has led to an arthritic big toe and the podiatrist surgeon now say is need to have it fused. To make matters worse I have always had flat feet (I am now in my fifties) I was given orthotics years ago which I wear I my uggs. More recently I have had back problems and pudendal neuralgia and attended a pain management course at Walton . This I found really helpful. However part of this meant doing more exercise and I have started to walk again . Trouble is this has flared my feet problems and for the past four weeks I have been in agony with pain across the balls of both feet ,across my toes and shooting up through my ankle ,legs and coursing through my whole body. I now realise my back and other problems have all originated from my feet. I feel like I have jumped off a high wall onto concrete all the time! Previously I have been able to wear my trainers and fit flops but now I can't seem to cope with anything. I have had to give up my job because of the pudendal neuralgia and was beginning to make a new life. However every time I try to do something I seem to end up with more pain. The pain centre was all about getting some quality of life back but I trully feel in the depths of despair. My husband ranges form bing very supportive to ranting at me . He just can't cope either. I was hyperventilating in the night and he just yelled . At times I think I should just end it all and I have called the Samaritans . i have two sons who have left home and despite having friends feel really isolated. The thought of being stuck at home terrifies me. The podiatrist says I will be on crutches for six weeks and I cannot face another operation. He says fusion will take away the pain but what about my other foot which is screaming? I am going to seek another option this time from an orthopaedic surgeon . Has anyone had this operation? How long does it take to recover ? Is there anything that can be done to alleviate the pain form my over pronating feet?