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Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby oneh2obabe » Nov 22nd, 2012, 7:14 am

Would you get toe surgery to fit into your heels? If you're a shoe-loving woman, chances are you have a pair of these in your closet.

"These" refers to the stilettos you bought on impulse because they're absolutely spectacular, except now they just sit there looking pretty and collecting dust because the agony they exact upon your feet makes unanesthetized dentistry seem pleasant in comparison.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, up to 87 per cent of women have developed foot problems from their uncomfortable shoe habits — everything from painful corns and bunions to interminable calluses.

But instead of hanging up the heels, Fox News (via Times of India) reports that a growing group of women are opting for foot surgery instead. Surgeries range from a simple toe shortening to collagen injections that soften the balls of the feet to the outright removal of the pinky toe.

Dr. Nathan Lucas, a podiatrist in Memphis, Tenn., has been performing these procedures for 15 years. He says he's seen a sharp jump in women who request these surgeries in order to wear their high heels comfortably — around 30 patients per month for the past year.

He says he's still uncomfortable with performing the pinky toe-ectomy surgery for cosmetic reasons.

"For me, that's a bit extreme. I wouldn't take anyone's toes off unless it has to come off," he tells Fox, adding that he has referred some of those patients to doctors who will perform the elective surgery.

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Now that word is getting out about the existence of these options, women like Susan Deming are signing up in droves.

"Unless you've been there, and you can't find shoes, and you're in pain, don't judge," Deming, who recently underwent a toe-shortening procedure, tells the news network.

In Deming's case, she had a few toes on her left foot that were longer than their right-toe toe counterparts, a mystery of physiognomy that made one foot an entire size larger than the other.

As shoe stores don't make a habit of selling two shoes in different sizes, Deming decided to slice off a centimeter of the offending left foot toe instead. She says she's thrilled with the result.

While many may wince at the idea of altering nature to fit into a shoe, feet have been the subject of other wacky surgeries.

The "foot facelift" is an increasingly popular procedure that surgically cleans up unsightly tootsies for the sole purpose of making them more attractive.

Have we taken our foot fetishes too far or is this a perfectly reasonable demand of 21st century living?
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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby Lady tehMa » Nov 22nd, 2012, 9:38 am

A new twist to an old oddity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_binding
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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 22nd, 2012, 9:33 pm

Lady tehMa wrote:A new twist to an old oddity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_binding


That was barbaric.

Here's a pair of Chinese bound-foot shoes I photographed at the Field Museum in Chicago. They are about 4-5 inches long - and are adult sized.

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It totally amazes (and sometimes disgusts) me what people will do to attract the opposite sex. These new footwear styles are so damaging but people never think about that until they have damaged their feet beyond repair - and they will pay with mega pain when they are older.
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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby Glacier » Nov 23rd, 2012, 7:50 am

Don't tell Norma about this thread... we wouldn't want to give her any ideas for fitting those 276 pairs of heels in her closet that don't quite fit.
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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby coffeeFreak » Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:37 am

I suppose it isn't much different than boobs, nose, ears, face, tummy, butt lifts, tucks, alterations. This just adds one more thing to the pathetic-ness of our society's quest for "beauty".
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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:48 am

Right, CF - all designed to attract the opposite sex in one form or another.

Then there's the offspring of them ... and their versions of body mutilation ... like "elf ears"

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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby coffeeFreak » Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:58 am

The problem with all of this body modification is babies don't come out resembling the parent. I thought it would be bad enough if two parents had serious ortho work, maybe for extreme over bites, then birth a child who ends up with an extreme buck-teeth.

But this article gives a hint at what happens when people who have had cosmetic surgery give birth. Of course the man is an ass, but...:

The man who sued his wife for birthing an ugly baby
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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby Sn0man » Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:32 am

oneh2obabe wrote:But instead of hanging up the heels, Fox News (via Times of India) reports that a growing group of women are opting for foot surgery instead. Surgeries range from a simple toe shortening to collagen injections that soften the balls of the feet to the outright removal of the pinky toe.


Who needs a pinky toe right? As long as I can get into those shoes!

*Proof* that women are crazy.
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Re: Women shaving off their toes to wear heels

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 23rd, 2012, 12:06 pm

Sn0man wrote:
*Proof* that women are crazy.


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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15548276/ns ... K_W5tdrQ7Q

*Proof* that men are just as crazy.
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