You Won’t Believe this Crazy New Foot-Surgery Craze

Don't surgically alter your feet to fit into these Manolos!The Cinderella; The Perfect 10; The Model T; The Foot Tuck; all of these are fancy names for bizarre and unnecessary foot surgeries that are, according to The New York Times, taking the nation by storm.

Respectively, the surgeries I named remove bunions to fit into high heels; shorten toes for aesthetic reasons; lengthen toes; and add fat-pads to your feet to make high-heel wearing more comfortable. Other procedures to correct “Toe-besity” or to provide a “foot-face lift” (to reshape a foot that has become deformed from wearing high-heels) are also popping up all over the place. Apparently, surgeries such as these ones have been in high demand since the rise in popularity of daring (and un-naturally shaped) shoes from designers like Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo

As the story goes, some podiatrists, many of them located in New York, will have their patients bring in the heels they want to wear but can’t; the doctors will then figure out which foot surgeries they will need to perform in order to help their patients fit into these crazy heels.

In my Houston podiatry practice, I take a different approach to women’s foot health. Call me crazy, but I think it’s crazy to surgically reshape your feet in order to fit into shoes that are bad for your feet. If you’ve developed hammertoes from wearing high-heels too often, don’t get a foot facelift so you can keep wearing them. Instead, try less invasive treatment options like corn removal and padding, custom orthotics, injection therapy and (duh!) changing footwear!!

Here’s the deal: your feet aren’t just racks for pretty footwear: they are the crucial appendages you need to carry you through life pain-free. If you make smart choices regarding your footwear and lifestyle, you won’t need to go under the knife to achieve some crazy ideal of foot beauty. Podiatry should be about maintaining your foot health, not chopping off bits of your toes to fit into $800 sandals. At least that’s what I believe!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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