Women going under the knife to fit into designer shoes
Women are now undergoing surgery to fit themselves in designer shoes better.
According to the New York Times, a handful of LA and NYC-based podiatrists perform procedures specifically designed to help women fit comfortably into designer heels, Fox News reported.
Aesthetic toe-shortening, fat-pad augmentation, and toe-lengthening procedures are the most common, according to one Beverly Hills podiatrist, who brands his procedures with names like "the Cinderella" and "Perfect 10!"
A Park Avenue podiatrist, who recommends Prada and Michael Kors for women looking for a wider shoe, offers injectable fillers for cushioning and other injections to tame profuse sweating; another NYC practitioner corrects what he calls Hitchhiker's Toe (a case of an outsize big toe) but drew the line at one patient's request: amputation of a pinkie toe to allow for a better fit.
And it's not a new trend: The Times checked in on it in 2003, focusing on the "perils on the procedures"-an elective bunion removal, for instance, that ended up saddling the patient with serious foot pain.
Time points out that woman are doing other "gross things" for fashion's sake, like Botoxing their calves to make them skinnier, and thereby better suited for skinnyjeans and slim boots.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)