I was born in 1955, in Berkeley hospital, Gloucestershire, UK. My mother was distraught at the thought of me having this problem (causing her to have a nervous breakdown).
I went through 2 operations(Dillwyn Evans procedure. my claim to fame as this was first time this operation was performed). I was in plaster up to my hip for six months each foot.
I am glad now, I had the operation done as it has let me live a full and active life, recently I have had to have cortisone injections in my left foot due to the tendons being inflamed and causing pain when standing on feet all day due to my job, other than this I have not had any real problems.
Hopefully you have had the same trouble free life.