Does it ever go away? hmmm.....my NEW doctor says it will. BUt i am going on 1 year with it in one foot and now the other foot has started bothering me. He did tell me that the cortisone shot I got from the last doctor was a big mistake (not to mention extremely painful). I have worn Birks for years, but the 1st doc (podiatrist) I went to said not to wear them...the orthopedist i am now seeing said to start wearing them again. So we'll see what happens.