Cosmetic surgery to rid feet of fat toes, coined ‘toe-besity’, is on the rise. An odd-looking toe is a source of great embarrassment for many Americans who are turning to podiatrists for toe re-shaping surgery.
New York-based Dr. Oliver Zong, who specializes in slimming down people’s feet, told Good Morning America that a growing number of people are beginning to obsess over smaller details of their feet, like the width of their toes.
Dr. Hillary Brenner, a podiatric surgeon in New York and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association said: ‘I don’t think it’s ethical unless you’re having pain. You’re undergoing risks – there’s the risk of anesthesia, infection, deformity of the toe if the surgery is not done right, a risk of re-occurrence and the risk of surgery in general. It’s trauma to the foot.’
Dr. Zong believes toe surgery is the same as any other type of cosmetic procedures, helping patients who are embarrassed to gain self-esteem. ‘They feel more confident. Some people have said they’re so embarrassed that their boyfriends have never seen their feet,’ he said.
Dr. Brenner said a number of patients, mostly women, have come to her requesting cosmetic surgery, many hoping to have their pinky toes removed in order to fit into smaller shoes.
However, she says, she always turns them down. ‘Why fix something that’s not broken?’