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Cosmetic Surgery To Fit Into Shoe? Podiatrists Warn Against The Rising Trend Of Higher Heels And Surgical Foot Changes
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Cosmetic Surgery to Fit Into Shoe? Podiatrists Warn Against the Rising Trend Of Higher Heels And Surgical Foot Changes

Women will diet, endure cleanses and go under the knife to fit into a special dress or a pair of jeans. Women are even enduring nasogastric tube feedings to fit into the wedding dresses, but are they really willing to go through those same extremes to fit into their trendy, sky high shoes? According to many podiatrists in the United States, the answer is a resounding yes.

In a 2003 survey of members of the Foot and Ankle Society, more than half of the doctors questioned said that they were treating patients who complained of pain and worse from failed cosmetic surgery procedures on their feet - all of them women and all seeking to fit into high heeled shoes, many with very narrow toe boxes. Some of the procedures may cause more problems than they actually solve according to the experts.

Many of the procedures are unnecessary and meant to change the size or shape of the feet solely for the vanity of the woman and can include injections of filler materials in the balls of the feet, the toe pads and the heels so that it is more comfortable to wear heels all day long. Other procedures shave down the sides of the pinky toe, often referred to as a toe tuck. The number of these procedures that have been done has increased more than twenty percent in a single year.

One of the most common procedures is often called the "Cinderella Procedure" which is a "preventative" bunion correction that will allow the feet to be made narrower. Others might opt to have the toes shortened- technically a potentially necessary surgery for men and women who have a condition referred to as hammer toes where the toe might end up curling under. That painful condition can make it difficult to walk and is therefore covered by medical insurance. In other cases, the surgery is only done to prevent toes from sticking out over the edge of the shoes and is not covered.

The procedures are pricey- ranging from $500 to $1800 depending on what is being done and are often done by cosmetic surgeons rather than podiatrists or othopedists who are actually trained to care for the feet. Despite their highly functional appearance, feet are actually very delicate structures which can be destroyed in the hands of the wrong person. Many women who have had these procedures end up seeking medical specialists to help repair damages from the surgery they choose.


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It is amazing what people will do.

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  about 1 decade ago

OMG! I am sooo glad I am a Birkenstock girl. Not sexy....but very, very comfortable and practicle. Men would never think of such foolishness. What is wrong with us women????

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  about 1 decade ago

I am barefoot the majority of the time. I even do Insanity barefoot because I am on carpet. I tried it once in shoes and was miserable. When I wear the rare pair of heels, I spend more time dangling them from my fingers as I stroll, blissfully barefoot in whatever dress or skirt I was wearing.

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  about 1 decade ago

Yikes! Surprising. I've had foot surgeries. I cannot imagine going thru that without dire necessity.

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  about 1 decade ago

I know! During research for this article I came across a woman who had her pinky toes removed completely- just lopped the little piggy that went whee whee whee off of her foot! I just do not get it.

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  about 1 decade ago
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