Twenty-one-year old Liu Huichang, who hails from China, suffers from a condition known as gigantism, which causes some or all of your body parts to experience continual growth.
Because of his condition, Huichang’s right foot grew to a shocking length of 17 inches and a whopping five inches of thickness. The poor kid has been forced to wear a size 31 shoe on his right foot (custom made by his grandmother)—for comparison’s sake, that’s a full 9 sizes larger than 7”1 former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, one of the largest-footed men around.
In his younger days, doctors wanted to amputate Huichang’s leg, but his parents decided to try foot-binding instead (which, sadly, clearly did not work.) Now, doctors have decided to perform a series of surgeries that, though they won’t make the man’s feet equal in size, will at least help him lead a more normal life.
Foot surgery can be life changing—for good or for bad. Before you go under the knife, make sure you’re working with a podiatrist you can trust. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!