Women’s shoes are higher and sexier today than in days gone by. Sometimes they can be difficult and uncomfortable to wear, even when they fit correctly. According to Fox News on Nov. 20, there is a growing trend for women to have what’s being called “stiletto surgery” or having their feet surgically altered to be able to wear fashionable shoes more comfortably.
It’s reported that 87 percent of women have had foot problems from wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes. The problem goes beyond bunions and calluses. But other than having these situations fixed by a competent podiatrist, what can you do?
You can have your toes shortened. If you have uneven toes, getting shoes that fit correctly can be a problem. You can now have your toes surgically evened out.
You can have your foot narrowed. How? You can have your pinky toe removed. A lot of women have trouble stuffing that last digit into skinny heels. Admittedly a bit more radical than toe shortening, it’s being requested more and more.
You can also have collagen injected into the ball of your foot to make wearing those stilettos more comfortable by putting more padding under the section of your foot taking the most pounding. Dr. Nathan Lucas, a Memphis, Tenn. podiatrist, said, “It’s like walking on pillows when they wear their high heel shoes.”
Dr. Lucas feels that pinky toe removal is a bit extreme and he won’t do it unless the toe has to come off for medical reasons.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has weighed in on the matter with a warning.
“Surgery performed solely for the purpose of improving the appearance or size of the foot or ankle carries risks without medical benefit, and therefore should not be undertaken.”
The American Podiatric Medical Association agrees and adds:
“Surgical procedures of the foot and ankle are generally performed for relief of pain, restoration of function, and reconstruction of deformities. . . Patients considering surgery of the foot or ankle, whether for medical or aesthetic reasons, are advised to consult a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association,” the organization said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “Podiatrists performing surgery for medical or aesthetic reasons should have appropriate training, experience, and credentials to properly perform the surgery, manage the post-operative care, and treat the possible complications.”
So what do you think? Would you have your foot surgically altered to wear that hot pair of shoes? Leave your feelings about this radical (or not) new trend for fitting shoes in the comments section below.