Cosmetic foot surgeries may increase bunion risk

Aesthetic foot surgery may lead to complications.

Cosmetic foot surgeries may increase bunion risk It seems that every day there are new plastic surgery procedures to correct everything from crooked noses to pudgy stomachs. Recently, a new trend has surfaced, whereby celebrities are going under the knife to improve the appearance of their feet. 

The U.K. news source, The Sun, reports on the lengths to which people will go in order to fit into high heel shoes, putting themselves at greater risk for developing bunions.

The first procedure the news provider mentioned was a toe-tuck. During this surgery, doctors may shave the bone of a toe and remove fatty deposits from the foot in order to allow the patient to wear designer shoes. There is also a foot lift option, which raises the arches to make high heels more comfortable to wear.

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) strongly disapproves of these surgeries, claiming they are risky and unnecessary.

“Orthopaedic foot or ankle procedures are designed to relieve pain and restore form and function," said Dr. Donald R. Bohay, quoted by the AOFAS website."It is against the patient’s best interest to expand the surgical indication to include cosmesis.”

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