Please think carefully about surgery, and maybe rethink. If you read the posts on this board, you will find many people who were not helped by surgery. You will also find lots of alternatives available less invasive and dramatic (and more reversible) than surgery. Maybe a stupid question -- but if you are having custom insoles or orthotics made that will finished around Jan. 1, don't you think it's premature for your doctor to schedule surgery so soon after the New Year? Anyway, good luck, but I do hope you think real carefully about surgery.