Toe-besity: Plastic Surgery for Feet
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
In all honesty, when I first saw this story pop up in my feed, I thought it must be a joke. It isn’t.
Apparently more and more people are seeking out podiatrists, for elective surgery to treat their – as Dr. Oliver Zong calls it – “toe-besity.” Yes, plastic surgery on their feet. Apparently, the need for cute toes and the ability to fit into uncomfortable high-heeled shoes is worth the thousands of dollars in costs; plus the risks of “anesthesia, infection, deformity of the toe if the surgery is not done right, a risk of reoccurrence and the risk of surgery in general,” as outlined by podiatrist Dr. Hillary Brenner.
According to Dr. Zong, “‘We were mostly doing toe shortenings in the begining.’ Now, he said, more and more people are zoning in on the smaller details of their feet, like the width of their toes.”
Wow. There are women – apparently quite a number of them – who are interested in having their pinky toes shaved down, or even removed, to fit into shoes. Taking off a toe? Really? How do we go from walking around the house in plastic princess shoes and underpants and thinking we look amazing to considering removing body parts to fit into poorly designed footwear?
I am all for taking steps to establish a healthy body image. And – truth be told – I have one very ugly toe. I broke it years ago and it never healed quite right. It has caused pain and some embarrassment. But I can’t see opting for plastic surgery to correct it. The costs – both financial and physical – of undergoing such a surgery don’t seem worth it to me. I’m going to stick with my ugly toe. I hope I can teach my kids to feel the same.
How about you? Are your feet important to your self-image? Would cute toes be worth the risk?