Just how far will people go to make their feet pretty? Quite far, surprisingly enough … and let me just say I have seen a lot when it comes to feet. It's no walk in the park to blitz a bunion by going under the knife, but disturbing cosmetic foot surgeries continue to intrigue women across the country.
I've never understood how having your foot maimed was considered sexy in the first place, but according to Podiatry Today, many concerned doctors are actually honoring their Hippocratic Oath by coming out against these unneccessary – and often silly – operations. The facts remain the same: Surgeries are not without risk, so why go through the pain and cost of shaving down your bunion when you can just use a trusty orthotic? A night splint may not be the sexiest of nocturnal footwear, but it sure as hell beats a surgical scar that you will have for the rest of your life.
In a revealing article by The Wall Street Journal, some clinics in Los Angeles are offering "Foot-Tuck Fat Pad Augmentation," an operation that sounded so extremely off-putting that I had to re-read its description to make sure I wasn't having a nightmare. In this radical new operation, doctors remove the excess fat from your stomach – this isn't anything new in L.A., am I right? After they have removed these tissues, they cut your foot open and shove the fat underneath the balls of your feet so that wearing sky-high heels is easier and more comfortable.
Call me crazy, but does this not sound completely nuts? I thought that surgery was supposed to be performed in extreme situations. The lengths that women will go to wear Louboutins never ceases to amaze me. Hopefully these Hollywood foot surgery trends will not become national phenomenons. Some things are better left to Hollywood.
Thankfully, most doctors think that these extreme versions of a bunionectomy are not the way to go. According to Podiatry Today, both the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) agree with me – getting cosmetic surgery on your feet is silly – not to mention expensive! I would much rather use those thousands of dollars on a year's supply of shoes or pedicures.