Would you consider TOE-SHORTENING surgery to look better in heels
The extraordinary procedures some women will endure for the sake of their
22:54 GMT, 6 August 2012
A number of women are opting to undergo a range of extreme new procedures in a bid to look better in their high heels.
Toe-shortening surgery, injectable cushioning in the soles of the foot and even Botox, to prevent excess sweating, are among the treatments now on offer.
In a segment on today's Good Morning America, one unidentified woman is seen undergoing an operation to make her second toe shorter than her big toe.
Extreme measures: A number of women are opting to undergo a range of new procedures including toe-shortening surgery in a bid to look better in their high heels
Indicating just how unpleasant the procedure must be, the surgeon's drill can be heard making an excruciating sound.
Another heel-lover, Charmaine, explains why she will have a treatment to 'replace' the natural cushioning in the soles of her feet so that her towering shoes are less painful to wear.
She says walking for too long in her favourite stilettos 'burns like fire'.
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Too far A surgeon prepares to operate on a woman who wants a second toe shorter than her big toe
Best food forward: The unnamed woman seems determined to go through with the procedure, but indicating just how unpleasant the procedure must be, the surgeon's drill is heard making an excruciating sound
She likens it to fillers that one might use to erase fine lines in the face, and says the effects last for around nine months.
But pain is not always the incentive. Another of her patients, Jennifer, suffers from excess sweating, which is causing untold damage to her shoe collection.
'These are my favourite summer shoes and unfortunately as you can see, they're ruined,' she tells the camera.
'I'm hoping that I'll get drier feet and save the longevity of my shoes.'
Devoted: Avid shoe collector Charmaine, pictured with a pair of her Jimmy Choos, is seen having a procedure to make her most towering heels less painful to wear
Filler fix: Jennifer suffers from excess sweating, which has caused untold damage to her favourite shoes. She hopes Botox injections will put an end to the problem
Dr Levine says the two women are not unusual, and is experiencing increasing demand for such procedures.
'A lot of people have the problem, expecially
women that like to wear great shoes,' she revealed.
'They don't want their shoes ruined. Shoes are very expensive – it really is quite a problem.'
Not all doctors believe it is wise to tamper with one's feet for the sake of vanity though.
Dr David Levine, of the Hospital for
Special Surgery, told GMA: 'Although I don't have anything inherently
against cosmetic surgery – I
have no problem if someone wants to change their nose or change their
boobs – but you don't walk on your boobs.'
Long-term gain: Podiatrist Dr Suzanne Levine is seen injecting a filler that will replace the cushioning in the soles of Charmaine's feet. The results will last around nine months
Such concerns will do little to dissuade the women featured in the segment though.
Speaking after her Botox treatment, Jennifer said: 'I've definitely noticed a difference.'
Charmaine, too, was delighted with the results of her cushioning procedure, adding that she was 'not so frightened by my shoes…
love them and I look forward to wearing them in comfort, not in agony,' she said.