31 Dec Cinderella Foot Surgery: Is It a Good Idea?
Cinderella Foot Surgery
Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular, and its popularity has exploded in the U.S. It was only a matter of time before people decided their feet could use a surgical makeover, too. The latest trend is the “Cinderella surgery” for feet. What is it, and is it something you should consider? Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Cinderella Surgery?
The name “Cinderella surgery” refers to a procedure known as a bunionplasty. This should not be confused with a bunionectomy or bunion surgery, which are medically necessary surgeries for bunions that don’t respond to nonsurgical treatment.
A so-called bunionplasty is like a facelift for your feet. It removes bunions, shortens the toes, and makes your foot smaller. The goal is to let you fit back into your favorite shoes.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
A Cinderella surgery involves four stages.
Toe shortening: Surgeons remove part of the bone at a toe joint and then realign the toes. This makes your feet smaller and better able to fit into smaller shoes. In some cases, people can fit in shoes that are two sizes smaller.
Fat injection: The doctor removes fat from another part of the body, processes the fat, and injects it into the soles of the feet. This adds cushioning to the feet that makes walking in heels more comfortable. This “fat transfer” mimics the fat transfer used in the Brazilian butt lift, a surgical procedure that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has called the “deadliest” type of cosmetic surgery.
Foot shaving: This procedure removes the bunions by cutting the joint of the big toe and realigning it.
Botox injections: Like Botox injections in the face, they remove wrinkles in the feet to make them look younger.
Isn’t It a Good Idea to Remove Bunions?
Yes, but surgery is only necessary in severe cases. Most podiatrists will perform a bunionectomy only in cases where bunions cause severe pain and don’t respond to other treatments.
That’s because all surgeries have risks and complications, and you should only take these risks when they’re weighed against the benefits of surgery. If your bunions are bothering you, talk to your foot health professional.
Don’t remove them just so you can wear your favorite shoes again.
What Are the Risks of the Cinderella Surgery?
According to Podiatry Today, the procedure can have serious complications, including:
• Joint stiffness
• Excessively small toes
• Nerve entrapment
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Complex regional pain syndrome
Should You Consider the Cinderella Procedure?
Surgery on your feet should be reserved for deformities and chronic medical conditions. Any surgery has risks, and unnecessary surgery on your feet can result in serious, lifelong complications. If you have bunions, hammertoes, fungal nails or corns, Shuman Podiatry offers safe, non-invasive treatments for these conditions. If you want to wear high heels, talk to us about custom orthotics to make your heels safer and more comfortable.
At Shuman Podiatry, we believe in strong, healthy feet that will carry you through a lifetime of walking, running, dancing, and enjoying life. If your feet need care, call us today.