Cosmetic surgery of the feet

  • Thursday January 18, 2007 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

    Feet are expected to tolerate extreme temperatures more often than any other part of the body but they are pampered less than any other part of the body.
    They are crammed into shoes that contort them into various positions and they are expected to hold us up comfortably no matter how much weight we put on.

    Over time feet can become painful, sometimes even distorted. Strange bumps can take over the foot and cause pain with every step.

    Feet are busy, and quite tolerant, and yet the majority people resent them for their appearance, conveniently tucking away and out of sight with socks and shoes and rarely do feet play an important role in overall appearance.

    If a person is going to take the time and energy to fix a foot problem, they may as well give the foot a nicer appearance while alleviating the pain.  Cosmetic surgery of the foot does just that.  

    There are numerous conditions of the foot that require a surgical solution.

    Bunions are the most common example of operative foot conditions. They appear as large bumps off to the side of the foot, creating a large and unsightly boney extrusion out to the side. Bunions can be extremely painful and create hazards when trying to place the feet into a pair of shoes.

    Certain types of shoes contribute to the formation of bunions, but they are actually cause by the big toe’s inability to flex during walking.

    When a bunion forms it creates a mass beside the joint from the constant forced walking pressure. The foot is then pushed to walk toward the outside of the foot and around the offending toe, creating additional stiffness.

    A condition called Brachymetatarsia occurs when a shortened long bone of the foot results in a toe that appears to lie on top of the surrounding toes in a very discomforting angle.  It is one of the most commonly surgically correctable conditions of the foot.

    Hammertoes and foot and heel pain are the top surgically correctable foot conditions. Foot and heel pain can eventually become debilitating if it is not corrected. There are various causes for this pain, and there are solutions available that are less invasive than surgery and should be attempted prior to any surgical procedure.

    Though cosmetic surgery of the foot was originally used to hide scars and correct disfigurements -- almost 100% of cosmetic foot surgeries have been cases of foot conditions that cause pain or disfigurement, it is now becoming a surgical procedure to simply beautify the foot.

    Be warned that a surgeon that is willing to alter the size of the foot is in dangerous territory and several opinions should be consulted prior to even considering this option.  It is because the size of the foot is a naturally balanced biological factor that should not be changed. Altering the size of the foot can be devastating to the health of not only the feet, but the ankles, knees, and back.

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