Bondage By Shoes?

Women covet shoes more than any other essential accessory. However, unlike all other adornments including handbags, footwear is a necessity for trotting to work, play and run errands on even the most unchartered terrains in order to avoid foot injuries and pesty diseases. Like handbags, shoes have evolved from being completely functional to stylish status symbol and, at times, unreasonable and needless foot attire. The desire to lavishly ornament one’s feet, begets the trend that socially accepts the practice to grin and bear the pain, regardless of the consequences: agonizing foot bunions, toe corns and hammertoes that come with donning ill-fitting footwear. In recent times, stories have emerged regarding, what seems like, supererogatory foot-surgery procedures for the pleasure to indulge in enrobing the foot in perfect pair of pumps. However, after reading between the lines of many stories that detail what appears to be ridiculous cosmetic foot procedures, the ultimate conclusion reveals that most women who have foot surgery to fit into their shoes are no different that than someone getting a nose job to breathe easier and relieve sinus headaches, extracting wisdom teeth to avoid tooth crowding and gum pain, or even having a circumcision to decrease infection and improve sexual sensation! In fact, the stories fabricated about women having foot surgery to simply fit into heels are at best skewed but moreover exaggerated to capture the attention of the reader.

Toe shortening is a common procedure sought after by women who almost never even wear heels. An extremely long second toe is medically known as Morton’s toe. Having an extremely long toe can lead to bending of the toe, which in turn can cause the toe to become permanently contracted. When the toe is continually cramped in what may even be considered a reasonable shoe, it can riddle feet with aching toe corns or blisters and, ultimately, render the toe permanently deformed, disallowing one to fit comfortably in sensible shoes. Correcting toe corns and fixing hammertoes, requires removing a small section of bone. If someone suffers from Morton’s toe the foot surgeon naturally removes a long piece of bone to ensure that the Morton’s toe problem does not recur.

On the other hand, brachymetatarsia is an anomaly where the toe appears unusually short. Brachymetatarsia can also cause pain and limit one’s footwear selections. This most commonly occurs on the fourth toe. However, it is not the toe that’s short: it’s the long bone connected to the toe that has early arrested development. Just as toes can be shortened, likewise toes can lengthened by either growing the bone called callus distraction and by using a bone graft implant.

The bad news about bringing on the bunions? A foot bunion is a bony deformity of the big toe where the end of the big toe is deviated towards the second toe and the bone below adjacent to the top of the big toe is angled towards the inner part of the foot. Again, even in practical shoes, foot bunions can be excruciating. Additionally, a shoe’s natural lifetime will be shortened due the wear and tear from the foot bunion. By correcting the bunion, the patient not only gains relief of pain, but can fit into shoes properly increasing the overall lifespan of the shoe.  

Last but not least, pain can also wiggle its way to the more delicate pinky toe and elicit discomfort equal to or greater than big-toe trauma. The UK’s Daily Mail recently authored an article titled: “Off with her Pinky!’’ In this toe tale, it described how women are obsessed with removing their toes via ‘stiletto surgery’ for a comfier fit in their high heels. Interestingly, the article does not feature the patient that elected to amputate their fairly good toe to fit into the heel, nor does it spotlight any specific surgeon who performs such a procedure for frivolous reasons. Instead, it references a foot surgeon who claims to know a specialist to whom they can refer their patients interested in lopping off their pinky toe! This Daily Mail allegation reads more like an urban legend rather than foot fact. A more realistic remedy: Hammertoe surgery can relieve pinky toe pain without completely removing the toe, allowing the patient to maintain balance and a normal, appetizing-looking foot. Please be advised: amputation, should only be reserved in order to spare the life of the patient.

In modern societies, coveting and acquiring footwear in all its sumptuous styles is considered a rites of passage to womanhood. However, foot-surgical repair should only be considered after conservative therapy is exhausted, including modifying shoe types. Anyone contemplating foot-surgical procedures should take heed and remember: the surgery in question should always be with the intent to maintain or improve foot function and alleviate chronic foot pain.

Top 4 Reasons for Cosmetic Foot Surgery

We’re all trying to stay on our tippy toes, but bunion and foot corn removal or even hammertoe surgery may seem odd and excessive to those not afflicted by these conditions. For those who suffer with painful and unsightly bunions, foot corn and hammertoes, however, contemplation of foot surgical correction is a real and necessary consideration. Nonetheless, any type of elective cosmetic foot surgery should not be taken lightly. Here are the top four reasons why one should consider cosmetic foot surgery.

  1. FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW: Pain is a provocative motivator and the number one reason why one should elect to correct foot bunions and corns on toes. Most petitioners for this type of surgical resolution, believe they are endeavoring into a purely cosmetic foot procedure, when almost always there is pain associated with their ailments. Initially, when women are asked if they have pain, frequently they reply to the contrary. However, when a thorough history and physical is taken, the practitioner will discover, indeed, there is coinciding discomfort with the foot bunion or hammertoe. Having pain associated with the deformity is at the advantage to the patient when considering cosmetic foot surgery. When there is foot or toe pain involved,  the procedure is no longer considered strictly cosmetic foot surgery and is considered medically necessary and covered by health insurance.
  2. EXHAUSTED CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT:  It’s not recommended to seek out surgical foot correction of downright unattractive feet due to foot bunions and corny toes if there has been no attempt to rid the feet of it’s pain and unsightliness. Bunion shields, bunion splints, toe spacers, corn pads, corn removal systems, orthotics and over-the-counter pain relievers should be attempted first. Elective cosmetic foot surgery, should be the last resort.
  3. STEP UP SHOE SELECTION: Those affected by foot bunions and hammertoes are often limited to the types of shoes they can wear. For many modern-day professionals, sporting a pair of orthopedic depth inlay shoes may not be the best option, when trying to reel in a huge account or climb the corporate ladder. Varying shoe width is not a privilege for women and finding a reasonable, professional-style shoe type can be especially challenging. But having a wider range of shoe options at your fingertips will decrease associated pain with forefoot conditions like foot bunions and corns.
  4. SAY GOODBYE TO UNSIGHTLY FEET:  Frankly, those of us with foot bunions and hammertoes simply don’t like the way our feet look. Not only is stepping out in sandals not an option, but having embarrassing foot corns and bunions can lead to insecurity and even affect one’s love life. Correcting the source of these conditions, if done with the intent to not only alleviate the foot pain and maintain function, can also render an aesthetic result that will be an ego-boosting life changer. Seekers of this remedy are often disappointed and have regret because most foot surgeons dismiss how the patient feels about the overall outcome. If considering having foot surgery for bunions and hammertoes, shop for your foot surgeon wisely. If the surgeon in question doesn’t care about the cosmetic results, the final results can look uglier than before the foot surgery!

Not Your Grandmother’s Podiatrist - Unless She’s Fly!

Let’s face it, podiatry is a lackluster medical profession. The medical art of podiatry is frequently associated with chiropody, the bygone practice of solely paring foot corns, calluses and toenails of the feet. In our multi-tasking minds, a typical podiatry office is a quintessential elderly foot salon for diabetics and people in declining health. However, the healing arts of the foot have evolved dramatically over the past 40 years. Podiatrists, taking advantage of this modern metamorphosis, have created subspecialities within the specialty of podiatry. Podiatrists now specialize in foot and ankle sports medicine, dermatology, foot limb salvage, medical spas (also known as medi-pedi spas) and, in the case of Dr. Ragland’s Fix Your Feet, foot surgery.

Avoid Foot Surgery Regret - Three Things You Should Know Before Selecting A Foot Surgeon For Corns, Bunion, & Hammertoe Corrections

We all have regrets, but choosing the right foot surgeon shouldn’t be one of them. Your feet are your foundation upon which the entire weight of your body depends to thrive and survive. Alas, if you live long enough, chances are your feet will fail you at some point in time but don’t dismay. When addressing a particular foot problem that requires non invasive foot procedures most experienced podiatrists will help to alleviate or resolve the issue at foot. However, when considering foot surgery to relieve aches and pains from troublesome corns, bunions and hammertoes, it is very important to select your foot surgeon wisely. Here are some go-to guidelines.

Get Yourself, and Your Feet Ready for Your Wedding

Selecting a date, choosing a venue, finding the perfect dress, and attending countless pre-wedding events are stressful preparations for your nuptials. In addition, for getting yourself and your body ready for the big day, losing weight and getting fit is usually top priority. However, when the bride is shaping herself for marriage from head to toe, often she falls short on the latter.