Trendy toe bone surgery

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An article by Gardiner Harris entitled ‘If the Shoe Won’t Fit, Fix the Foot?’ appeared in the “New York Times” on Dec. 7, 2003. This article depicted the graphic nature of toe amputation and the extreme measures women go through to be able to wear stiletto heels, pumps and pointed toe heels.

Toe amputation is a somewhat simple process. In fact, it is not really amputation at all. The surgeon cuts into the toes and shaves down the bones to make the toes skinny.

The operation is typically performed on the middle toes, and sometimes, the thickness of the bones is not the problem at all. Longer toes also have been known to prohibit women from wearing pointed toe heels. Pointed toe heels are designed for woman whose feet are designed to line up in order so that the big toe being the tallest and the pinky toe is the shortest. When this is not the case, surgeons will then go in and actually shorten the length of the toes by shaving the tips of the bones.

Whether this surgery is necessary or safe is an individual decision needed to be made. Some women who wear heels every day, like celebrities, corporate women or those who simply wear heels by choice may need this surgery because they will wear these heels more often than not.

However, after going through this process, serious problems could occur including Morton’s Neuroma disease, a serious foot disorder.

If the decision is made to get this irreversible surgery, it should definitely be needed because the side effects are somewhat steep. Toe amputation will cost $2,500 per toe. Also, because your toes are being shaven to a smaller size, the natural balance of the bone structure is disrupted, and the toes are at a higher risk of breakage.

More than likely, these type of shoes will have to be worn all the time to protect the toes. Because heels add pressure to the balls of your feet, if your toes are shaven too thin, it may cause the next toe to collapse and cause even more problems.

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