For years, men and women alike have undergone cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, face lifts and tummy tucks. As of 2010, a new cosmetic surgery trend is arising--"foot lifts." This sometimes involves shortening one or more toes on the foot. These toe-shortening procedures give attention to an often-neglected area of the body while reducing pain and increasing aesthetic appeal.
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Toe-shortening surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the length of the toes on the feet. Doctors achieve the shortening by removing small amounts of bone from one or more of the toe joints. After the shortening, the surgeon places pins in the toe to let the toe heel in the proper position. The last step involves restructuring the skin to accommodate the new toe length.
Toe-shortening surgery carries risks such as infection, corns, pain while walking, and nerve injury, according to Mynippon.com. The Cosmetic Foot Surgery Clinic also points out that the surgery may result in some loss of flexibility in the toe that the doctor shortens.
Despite the complications that toe surgery has, people still opt for the surgery primarily for medical reasons. For some individuals, the length of the toe directly affects how footwear, walking, jumping and running feel, as a longer toe may cause weight to distribute in a specific way that isn't conducive to the health of the joints of the foot.
Some people have toe-shortening surgery for purely cosmetic reasons. In these cases, the person who goes under the knife either doesn't like how her feet look or wants to be able to wear shoes she can't wear with her long toes. Performing toe-shortening surgery for this purpose is controversial, as pointed out by Cosmeticsurgery.com, because some doctors believe the risks are not worth the aesthetic improvements. Doctors willing to do purely cosmetic toe shortening generally want multiple consultations with patients so that the patients are fully aware of possible complications.
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