Cosmetic Foot Surgery To Beautify Feet Has Serious Risks

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    Cosmetic Foot Surgery To Beautify Feet Has Serious Risks.
    America's Foot MD Surgeons Warn Of Complications
    National AOFAS Online Survey On High Heel Use and Cosmetic Surgery Collects Public Viewpoints on Shoe Fashion

    SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 29, 2004 /PRNewswire/ -- An alarming trend in women's health and fashion has been the advocacy of cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of women's feet or to accommodate their feet to high fashion shoes. Among the surgeries being touted by some are shortening of the toes, narrowing of the feet, injecting the fat pad with collagen or other substances, and other procedures performed solely to change the appearance of the feet, rather than provide pain relief or improve foot function.

    The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), warns consumers that the risks inherent in such surgery can far outweigh the benefits. The AOFAS advisory notes that foot surgery should not be performed in the absence of pain or functional limitation.
    "The public needs to be aware of the risks associated with these procedures," counseled AOFAS President Glenn B. Pfeffer, M.D., San Francisco, CA. "Women need to know what they are getting into.” He noted that the trend towards the practice of cosmetic surgery raises serious concern when one considers the risks of surgery on painless feet. "Complications can include infection, nerve injury, prolonged swelling of a toe, and even chronic pain with walking," Pfeffer said.
    The AOFAS decided to take a public stance on cosmetic foot surgery after recent consumer magazine articles ran stories on women who had surgery so that their feet would look "prettier" and fit better into their shoes. Since ill-fitting shoes are the cause of most forefoot deformities, the obvious choice would be to wear better fitting shoes.
    "I think it's reprehensible for a physician to correct someone's feet so they can get into Jimmy Choo shoes," said Sharon Dreeben, M.D., La Jolla, CA, chair of the AOFAS Public Education Committee.
    Studies have shown that many of the most prevalent forefoot deformities including bunions, hammer toes, claw toes, corns, neuromas and bunionettes are associated with the repetitive use of ill- fitting shoes. "To perform surgery with significant risk in order to put the foot back into the very device that caused the problem is inappropriate," said Dr. Dreeben. "Continuing to wear ill-fitting shoes will likely lead to a reoccurrence of the foot deformity, pain, or new forefoot problems. At worst, cosmetic surgery may result in a woman being unable to wear any shoes, let alone fashionable shoes."
    Dr. Dreeben added that fashionable shoes can be widened or otherwise modified or the wearer can choose to wear shorter heels. "Changing the shoe to fit the foot is a perfectly acceptable practice," she said. "What the Society discourages is changing the foot to fit the shoe."
    The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society is the leading organization of orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists. Its members are the orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in foot care.


    I am interested to hear your thoughts on this shoe lovers ...
  2. Anybody I know who has had foot surgery has said it takes an INCREDIBLY long time to recover. I would never do elective surgery for my feet - not worth the risk or the time.
  3. i think it's overkill :tdown:

    BUT i cant say i haven't fantasized about having a narrower foot!
  4. blah, i'm having foot surgery at the end of the year or the beginning of next year. i'm not looking forward to it at all but it's the only way to stop the pain :sad:
  5. haha- me too! I'd love to have a smaller one in length. Mine are a euro 41. I wear a US 10 in most shoes but in LV and higher end - 11s. Terrible to find LV shoes in that size! I've SO wished for smaller feet all my life!

    On another note tho- I've had surgery for ingrown toenails on both big toes as well as having many, many plantar warts removed from the soles when I was a teen and walked on a hot tennis court barefoot. (Blistered the entire sole of both feet and the skin came off- YUCK!) Because of the open wounds and having gym class, I caught someone else's plantar warts and suffered with that for years before having surgery.
    I thought I would never heal! NOT fun!

    Hard to believe people would endure the pain and effort of getting up every morning and soaking them morning and night for a period before bandaging. This goes on for months and my surgeries weren't even major. Shew!

    I did see a celebrity gossip news bit about how people are getting their second toe's bones shortened and how it's growing in popularity. OWw!
  6. I've always wished to have "normal" width feet - but I would never go to such measures to get them. I've got wide feet...
  7. some more from on a survey at the American Association of Orthpaedic Surgeons annual meeting

    "The survey of consumers found that 19% of women wear 2-inch heels most often, 12% wear 3-inch heels or higher, and 89% wear 1-inch heels or flat shoes most often.
    Dreeben noted that a 1-inch heel increases pressure on the forefoot by 22%, a 2-inch heel by 57%, and a 3-inch heel by 76%.
    But both Dreeben and Kadel said they're not suggesting that women should never wear high heels or not have bunions or other deformities surgically repaired. But, said Dreeben, "There's one reason to operate on a bunion -- that's pain, pain, pain."

    full article at:


    I certainly find it all quite extreme, however I am pretty sure I would feel otherwise If I wasnt able to wear heels anymore for some medical reason and would definately seek out a way to correct it.
  8. I had the 2 little toes on my left foot surgically repaired. I do not recommend it at all. They broke my toes/foot in 4 places and 'straightened them". I really don't think they are any better than they were.

    The dr asked when I was getting my other foot done. I told hime "when this one feels better". That was in 1994...
  9. All I know is I've broken a toe and it hurt like hell and I had to wear flip-flops to work for at least a couple weeks. I can't imagine volunteering to have my feet operated on for any reason. I mean, feet are feet. They look like feet. Big, small, wide, narrow, they are still feet. They only feet I can think of ever seeing that weren't that attractive were my grandmother's and that was from YEARS of shoving them into shoes that were too small and even then they didn't need surgery.
  10. I've had an elective surgery done. I developed a cyst on the heel of my left foot that was like a blister that didn't go away and it was painful and unsightly. So I did a surgery to have it removed. Well since my foot was going to be out of commission for months anyway the doc asked me if I wanted to have a surgery done on my lil toe on the same foot to help with the corns that never seem to go away on both my lil toes. I agreed. Well basically they slit the toe open (I was awake and watching the whole thing) and used a lil saw to cut out a piece of bone and then stitched it back up. I had to wear a horrid looking sandal throughout recovery and keep my foot bandaged up. I went back to work the same day after the surgery and went on with life as usual no days off or anything. I kept my foot elevated at work and tried to walk with most of my weight on the other leg. I forget how long it took (maybe 3 months) but the bruising eventually went away and everything started turning my normal skin color again vs. black and blue. After that I was back in regular shoes (no heels for a while...I was goign nuts with no heels!). My heel looked like a normal heel again with no cyst and the unexpected result of the "corn prevention" was that I noticed that my baby toe was shorter than it was before. When I compared my left and right foot if you are really looking you can notice my left baby toe is shorter than the right baby toe. This disturbed me at first but no one notices but me. A solution is to have the other foot done but I would not go through it again. The only reason I did it was because my foot was going to have to go through recovery anyway because of the necessary part of the surgery. I can say that no corns have returned to the lil toe (can't say that about my other toe). I don't think it helps me shoes fit any better on that foot...the fit feels the same to me. And I am a size 42 aka 11 so any extra room would be a good thing in designer shoes but I don't notice a difference. But it is nice to not have the corn on at least one foot anymore.

    The funny thing is after all of that and finally getting back into heels again....I wore some pointy toe Chanel boots to a Halloween party (my foot surgery was like in June of that year) and missed a step down to the dancefloor and my toes all pushed forward into the teeny pointy toe area and somethign happened to my big toe. I never figured it out but it was a sprain maybe? So within weeks of being done with the post-surgery sandal and gettign into real shoes....I was back in the same boat again. The foot I had injured could not handle any kind of heel at all without severe pain...I could not even stand up in a 2 inch heel. I was distraught and the doctor said I may not ever be able to wear heels again after that. I think I wanted to just die!!! It took a few months of flats and icing my toe but it eventually healed and I am happy to say that I am back in 4 and 5 inch heels!!!
  11. BlkLadyLaw I've seen your shoes - it would be a CRIME not to be able to wear them!! Glad to hear you are back on your feet - pun intended!!
  12. Yikes. My sister had bunion surgery at age 17, and I cannot imagine volunteering to go through foot surgery! I agree that feet are feet and none of them are particularly pretty. All a person has to do is look around in the summertime at other people's feet in sandals to realize how nice their own feet look. Anyone with a pedicure looks better than 80% of the feet out there, and a pedicure is MUCH less painful than surgery!
  13. Whoever conducted that survey failed math.
  14. I was wondering about that too .. apparently a MD Sharon Dreeben, a foot and ankle surgeon in private practice in La Jolla, California according to the article .. :confused1:
  15. hahahaha I didnt even notice! Toooo funny! :roflmfao: