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Cosmetic Surgery to Fit Into High Heels Is on the Rise

Surgery to Get Your Feet Stiletto-Slim?

According to Christian Louboutin, Barbie has cankles — but she's not the only one who needs a makeover to fit her stilettos. Apparently, donning perfectly crafted sky-high heels means women need perfectly re-crafted feet to match. In fact, even while most cosmetic procedures are on the decline — thanks to the recession — podiatrists report that the demand for cosmetic foot surgery is on the rise.

The fashion industry is already credited with making women feel inadequate when it comes to their figures, but I was surprised to learn that even a pair of strappy, heeled sandals can wreak havoc on female body image, causing some women to develop body dysmorphic disorder about their feet. Michelle Tzonov, a massage therapist from San Diego, always enjoyed an active lifestyle — an avid runner, hiker, dancer, and snowshoer — who decided her fully functionally, but bunion-covered, feet were in need of a makeover. Multiple surgeries to beautify her feet with intensive cosmetic surgery and a bunionectomy have since left her feet mutilated and saddled her with excruciating pain, likely to be lasting results of her botched surgeries.

To see how three inch heels affect your body,


On their own heels are bad enough — even at three-inches high, they can increase the weight on the forefront of the foot by 110 percent, displacing bones and tissue, according to a recent study by the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. But, surgery to get the foot stiletto-ready can cause severe complications that will eventually radiate throughout the whole body. While I'm certainly not an advocate of any kind of cosmetic surgery, just think of it this way — face work will never jeopardize your ability to walk, but feet support the whole body — mess with them and you're likely to jeopardize any kind of movement, especially the ability to strut your stuff in a pretty pair of Louboutins.

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rocklesson86 rocklesson86 4 years
I have extremely wide feet and I even have trouble finding regular shoes to buy. I cant even buy double wide. Hell triple doesn't even look right on me. I want surgery to narrow my feet.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've heard of this surgery, too. It's absolutely insane to mutilate your feet just so they "look better" in heels. I have wide feet and I don't wear heels much because they hurt my feet.
pinkberry01 pinkberry01 7 years
let them fix there *bleeping* shoes to fit our feet , instead of making the ladies getting them self cut for a pair of shoes
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
This is so creepy. I have problems finding shoes that fit sometimes, but surgery is too risky for that kind of vanity.
adelaidekay adelaidekay 7 years
It makes U miss the good old days when men ran around covered in leaves living off the land. Sure we didn't have long lives but this is getting rediculous, I mean really people!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Well, I'm very sensitive to my posture and form (I think it's from years of swimming and dancing), and I'm acutely aware of how high heels makes me re-distribute my weight, and how it badly loads the weight on my body. This is why I wear flats only. Flats can be very stylish, too.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
How is this any different from the article a few weeks ago about the ultra-marathon runner who had her toenails removed?!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Mme Hart - I totally agree. Well-made 4 inch heels are more comfortable than $30 flats.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
Umm okay. I own several pairs of Christian Louboutins and can I say the REASON I own them is because they are very comfortable. I don't wear heels everyday (I'm a personal trainer) but do enjoy wearing them so I get quality ones, make sure the fit is perfect and go from there. I can't wear cheap crappy shoes cuz they KILL my feet. But Louboutins, Manolos, Choos...they never hurt!!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I have wide feet, and it is very difficult for me to find dress shoes that are cut roomy enough for my feet. Most are so narrow that it's torture to wear them. To address this problem, I buy comfortable, but definitely not high-fashion shoes. I pick shoes that work for me rather than fixing my feet to work for the shoes. In spite of my years and years of shoe buying stress, I would NEVER get surgery on my feet to make them more narrow.
Vsugar Vsugar 7 years
My husband is a physical therapist, and he calls Louboutin and other ridiculous shoe makers "patient referral" !!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Ridiculous. and sad.
cg130 cg130 7 years
Ew, I would never get surgery on my seems so excessive. Luckily I have nice feet.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I don't think it's fair to blame shoes for "wreaking havoc on female body image." Body dysmorphia is a mental illness, and if these women weren't obsessed with their feet, they would obsess about something else. Fashion has nothing to do with it.
kia kia 7 years
Wow, this is a lot of commitment to a fashion trend.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
I can understand getting your bunions fixed, but anything else...nah. My mom had to get her bunions removed because she was having trouble walking and getting exercise because they hurt so bad. She's had both feet done now, and she's back to normal.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I would never get cosmetic surgery (and at 20 there are plenty of ways to minimize the development of anything that would need to be "Corrected") let alone on my feet. I like my feet. If I didn't have feet I couldn't wear heels!
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