‘ Toe-besity ’ ??

toes Toe-besity

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?’



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Toe Nail Tales: Ultra-Marathon Runners

Toes toenail removal for extreme runners

Some runners go to extreme lengths for a comfortable run; they have their toenails surgically removed.  While beat-up toenails are marks of distinction for the ultra-marathon runners, toenail injuries are serious business.  Blistering under the nails, bruising, ingrown and lost toe nails effect the gait and cause suffering. Pain and the love of the sport are enough to motivate drastic measures.

Permanent toenail removal is not for the faint-hearted. Runners tend not to watch as they undergo the 45-minute procedure. A podiatrist anesthetizes the tip of the toe, applies a tourniquet at the base to limit bleeding, softens the tissue, trims the nail to its root and then pulls the nail out from its bed. A final swipe of carbolic acid prevents regrowth.

Normal activity, even running, can be resumed within days of the removal, although it takes weeks to fully heal. Repeat procedures may be necessary before the toenail stops growing back completely.