I broke my heel a few months ago (technically a heel spur) and have been seeing a podiatrist for treatment. He put me in heel lifts for awhile to effectively shorten and reduce the stretch on the achilles tendon. That was about 3 months. Then he gave me a one-time shot if cortizone to help reduce inflammation. That seemed to help for about 3 weeks. Now, he wants me to invest in $400 orthotics. I asked him what the orthotics would do that the lifts haven't. He only said that they were more rigid and wouldn't compress. For the life of me, I don't see how that will solve the problem. It just seems like a band-aid to me. Should I try the orthotics? Or get a second opinion? My thinking is that if I'm eventually going to need surgery, then let's get it done and over with. I've already missed this year of tennis, and doing othern things I enjoy (coaching little league, etc.). Can anybody give me any success stories of wearing orthotics?