Demystifying Medicine One Month at a Time

Cruel Shoes II

I’m always on the lookout for good medical stories, wherever they may lurk.

Behold, an avid reader clued me in to yet another worrisome trend in medical overtreatment. The evidence is found in none other than the Thursday Styles section of an old standby, the New York Times.cruel-shoes

Do you suffer from ‘Toebesity?’ Laren Stover reported on people going to podiatrists demanding surgery on their feet so that they can fit into their expensive, high-heeled (and foot injuring) shoes.

Why go for a “hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation” when you can have

  • the Perfect 10! (toe-shortening)
  • the Model T (toe-lengthening) or
  • a Foot Tuck (fat pad augmentation that helps with high heels)?

I’m struck by the overtones to the not-so-long-dead Chinese practice of footbinding. In our time, seems women are choosing the torture rather than having it inflicted on them.

Steve Martin clearly understood this, more than 30 years ago.

1 Comment

  1. Robert Wayne Lewis

    It’s funny, I was going to mention footbinding also, but you beat me to it.

    So I’m guessing this is a mostly female thing. I wouldn’t imagine men having issues with too-large feet, but you never know in this world.

    Many women I know have fairly large feet, including some family members, and it really hasn’t caught my attention one way or another.

    Just another cosmetic surgery expense that probably won’t be covered by health insurance, unless people start making fake claims that their feet are too wide to fit into conventional shoes and is causing them discomfort, etc.

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