There is a new plastic surgery sweeping America that has experts wondering how far people will go for convenience and comfort. The ne surgery, dubbed the “Stiletto Surgery”, has women paying thousands of dollars to have their pinky toes surgically altered to make wearing heels a little more comfortable. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association 87% of women have developed foot problems from wearing uncomfortable shoes.
There are multiple options for the “Stiletto Surgery” such as shortening toes, foot injections and even detaching the pinky toe completely.
Susan Deming, a patient who recently underwent a toe-shortening procedure said to Fox News:
“Unless you’ve been there, and you can’t find shoes, and you’re in pain, don’t judge. I was having calluses, and just, all sorts of problems with my left foot. And there finally was a solution. There’s never been a solution before. I’ve never felt this good about something I’ve done. If it’s vain, it’s vain.”
Patients are even coming into their podiatrists saying that their feet are too wide to fit into good looking heels so they are actually requesting the doctor to remove whole toes.
Dr. Nathan Lucas, a podiatrist in Memphis, TN with 15 years of experience performing such procedures said of the idea of removing people’s toes:
“For me, that’s a bit extreme. I wouldn’t take anyone’s toes off unless it has to come off.”
Lucas said he will refer women who want the surgery to other doctors. Lucas said there has been a steady rise of women wanting the procedures. He personally performed more than 30 patients a month last year alone.
“It’s on the rise here because the more people know about it, then of course the more they inquire about it, and they seek to get certain things done, just because they didn’t know, they didn’t know it exists.”
While the experience might actually help women wear their shoes more comfortably, The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says:
“Surgery performed solely for the purpose of improving the appearance or size of the foot or ankle carries risks without medical benefit, and therefore should not be undertaken.”