The press has recently picked up on the trends of women and the lengths they would go to make sure they have a foot that fits the shoe, rather than a shoe that fits the foot! Media attention to toe shortening, Cinderella procedures (foot narrowing) and the “Loub Job” are fast becoming industry terms associated with cosmetic procedures relating to feet.
What is a “Loub Job”? What does this entail?
Toe shortening and narrowing by reducing bone on either side of the foot
Why is this trend of foot surgery now so popular?
Ladies often feel that smaller sized shoes look prettier and this has been common throughout the ages as far back as Ancient China where foot binding was very common practice.
Are shoes to blame for the rise in popularity of cosmetic foot surgeries?
Well not entirely. Most foot deformities such as bunion, bunionettes, hammer toes and pinched nerves are caused by poor genetics rather than ill fitting shoes. Add to that uneven pavements, exercise and putting on a bit of weight and this gives you the perfect recipe for excessive strain on your poor feet. Once the deformities progress, the shoes that used to fit become increasingly painful to wear. The only real solution at this point is to go under the knife and therefore the urge to nip and tuck your toes rises.
It is a common misconception that wearing narrow high-heeled shoes causes bunions and toe deformities. However most bunions are inherited – fact! If your parents or grandparents have them; then you are more likely to get them; you don’t necessarily inherit a bunion but a foot type that is more likely to develop them. Foot surgery can certainly help correct the deformities and your feet will generally look better and hurt less in the shoes. However, allowing plentiful time to recover after any procedure is important and recuperation is a must before strutting your stuff in the latest must-have pair of heels!