Monday, December 18, 2017
Cosmetic foot surgery: The ultimate shoe accessory?
The rise in cosmetic foot surgery has seen exponential growth as more women want beautiful feet to match their wonderful shoes. Toe shortening and fat injections into the foot pad are among the most popular procedures in a new plastic surgery craze focused on feet. Procedures costing more than $5,000 US are commonly undertaken to surgically enhance 'ugly feet' in an industry considered to be worth an estimated $45 million a year in the US alone.
Some surgical podiatrists perform toe shortening procedures, which involve dislocating the digit before removing a section of bone and inserting a titanium rod to bring the shortened bone back together again. Soft tissue transplants to the heel are also routinely undertaken.
Fat is lipo-sucked from a patient's tummy and injecting it into the balls of the feet to give added cushioning as well as cover up boney feet caused by the aging process. The 'pinky toe tuck' remain another popular procedure in which fat is taken out of the little toe to make it narrower.
Like all surgery cosmetic foot surgery is not without potential problems which include permanent nerve damage, infection, scarring, a recurrence of the deformity that was supposedly fixed and chronic pain when wearing not just high heels, but all shoes. Many patients are willing to accept the risks as the price of fashion, however it is recommended to anyone considering surgical procedure to first seek Informed consent for elective surgery and discuss these and other issues with their specialist prior to surgery.