Cosmetic foot surgery condemned by doctors

December 28, 2010

Popular foot surgery condemned by doctors
Popular foot surgery condemned by doctors

The latest trend in cosmetic surgery does not involve slim thighs or high cheekbones. It seems that now men and women are focusing on their feet. Procedures such as toe-shortening and injecting fat into footpads have been growing in popularity among women, ABC News reports.

Toe shortening is a more invasive procedure that some people may balk at, while injecting fat into footpads may be more desirable as it is less invasive and makes wearing high heels more comfortable.

"All the girls are wearing cute high heels, open toes and they look pretty, and me - I have to wear always closed shoes because I feel like they're staring at my long toe," a patient awaiting toe shortening told the news source.

Despite the popularity, some physicians are concerned about the practice. Doctors from the American Podiatric Medical Association the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society are opposed to it due to the risk of nerve damage, infection and scarring.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, traditional cosmetic procedures have been on the rise in the past decade and subsequently, controversial surgeries like these will become more popular as well.

It is important to consult a board-certified physician before going through with any procedure and understand the risks involved.
 


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