It's very good to hear from you again. It's so nice for you to support your children in protecting our country! I appreciate their service and I honor your support of them as a parent.
I wanted to drop some info on the feet and hands things because I have been going through them too. I had the bi-lateral carpel tunnel surgery a while back. There is a really good surgeon in Savannah (which is probably fairly close to you). I would never let one do it who wasn't known as an actual hand surgeon!! Everybody thinks they can do it, but I held out for the actual hand surgeon and the results were better than expected. Don't get me wrong, I waited too long to have it done and have some permanent damage, but the pain and some (maybe most) of the numbness is gone from the hands. I still drop things and have less strength than I should. One hand is also weaker than the other.
Regarding the feet.....OMG am I with you there. Mine ended up being diagnosed as adult onset flat feet, tarsel tunnel syndrome, tibular tendonitis, and plantar facitis (sp?). It was HORRIBLE before I got treatment and it is still pretty bad now. It is essential that you get a pair of dorsal night splints (and they are all different, so get to the podiatrist for the correct fitting). It is also essential that they make the correct shoe inserts for you. I have two pair of those and a pair of Richey braces. I personally did not get the relief indicated on the Richey braces and they are very, very expensive. Insurance does cover them and the shoes (diabetic) that are most comfortable with them. I had to have mine measured and all that jaz. It's so warm here in the southern states, that it's almost essential to get the correct shoes with the braces because they need to have air flow. I still get overheated if I use the Richey braces. The special insoles are the best for me and I use the without fail!
Good luck Pete and I hope you will find relief. After about a year or two, I can honestly say my feet are better than they were....they are not well and they still hurt, but it's not the kind of pain that keeps you from putting them on the floor at all!! I'm sure you know exactly what I am talking about.
Don't wait....they said my back caused mine, but who cares what caused it...just fix it
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet, Vision Issues & much more.....