They have the Cinderella Procedure that narrows the feet and prevents bunions. There is the Perfect 10 Aesthetic Toe Shortening procedure that will trim any toes that hang over the edge of sandles or are crushed by tight shoes. Or the Foot Tuck Fat Pad Augmentation that takes fat from the patients stomach and adds it to the balls of the feet to provide additional cushion and comfort while wearing high heels.
The clinics founder, Ali Sadrieh, feels that telling women not to wear high heels is unrealistic. Instead he created treatments that help women function without pain and discomfort.
However, these procedures have created outrage from orthopedic foot surgeons. One surgeon, Donald R. Bohay works from Grand Rapids, Michigan, stated that shortening toes to make them fit into shoes is not typical of a doctor’s office care. Along with Dr. Bohay, the American Podiatric Medical Association agrees. As Kathleen Stone, Glendale, Arizona has stated, that the function of a podiatrist is to reduce pain and correct deformities. They are not there to help men and women wear smaller shoes.
Blame it on shows such as Sex In The City that started in 1998. There are no specific statistics on the number of foot surgeries that have occurred since the show came out, however since the show has started there has been a steady rise in foot surgeries and they are not slowing down either.
Although foot surgeons are warning against these types of surgeries, no one is listening. A public relations woman in Manhattan believes that women want to have the operations and will as their are more efficient ways. She feels that it will be as common as having a nose job done. She looks forward to when she can have bunion surgery completed and have pretty feet that no longer hurt.
However, many doctors feel that surgeries should be used to remove pain and deformities from the foot. This is an argument that has caused problems between many doctors. While doctors doing these procedures feel they are stopping the pain and deformities before they happen. There are doctors who will not help patients who want surgeries only for cosmetic reasons or who are looking at extreme measures, such as toe amputation to fit into shoes.