The right shoes can take an ordinary outfit from good to great. If you've always loved beautiful, open-toed shoes but are too self-conscious to wear them, cosmetic foot surgery might be just what you need. Here are three things you should know about this surgery:
1. It can be functional.
One of the most common cosmetic foot surgeries is bunion removal. However, bunion removal can have the most lasting impacts on your feet than simply improving aesthetics. During a bunion removal surgery, your podiatrist will excise the bony protrusion at the base of your big toe. Since bunions can be painful and even cause your other toes to be displaced, this surgery can make your feet feel better too. Bunion removal has the added benefit of narrowing your feet, so you'll be able to fit into slimmer shoes.
2. It can help you walk in high heels.
Some women find high heels uncomfortable because the construction of the shoe places a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet. According to some podiatrists, there are cosmetic procedures available to make high heels more comfortable. By injecting fillers into the soles of your feet, a podiatrist can reduce the pressure placed on your bones and muscles when you stand in heels. This procedure is inexpensive and can last for a couple of years.
3. It can correct toes that are too long.
Everyone's feet look different depending on their unique genes. This means that some people have one toe that is significantly longer than their other toes, usually the toe adjacent to their big toe. This isn't a problem unless your toes cause you pain or you feel self-conscious about them.
If you're bothered by one toe that's longer than the others, cosmetic toe surgery is an option. This surgery is usually performed by removing a little piece of one of the joints in your toe. If your toe is too long to be adequately shortened by this method, your doctor will instead remove one of the bone segments from your toe. After the necessary piece has been removed, your doctor will do reconstruction work so your toe will work exactly the same as before, once it's fully healed.
You don't need to be ashamed of your feet. Cosmetic foot surgery can help you get the feet you've always wanted, so you can show them off with pride. Talk to your podiatrist today to find out if cosmetic foot surgery is an option for you.