Good Morning America: Cinderella Surgery
How far would you go to wear a pair of heels? Some women are having their feet altered to fit into their favorite designer shoes. Would you shorten your toes or shave off excess bones to have a dainty foot in a sparkly shoe? ABC reporter Juju Chang had the story for Good Morning America.
GMA: What is Cinderella Surgery?
This reconstructive foot surgery, often times referred to as Cinderella surgery, changes the shape and size of your foot. It can include changing the length of toes, removing bunions or corns, or even toe Lipo to make a chubby toe look slim.
Podiatric surgeon and author of My Feet Are Killing Me, Dr. Suzanne Levine, said, “Many times women have long second toes that are much too long that don’t fit into shoes properly and cause corns, but the majority of my patients feet are also hurting.”
Good Morning America: Cinderella Surgery Success
Angela Roy received Cinderella Surgery from Dr. Suzanne Levine in December 2013. Angela Roy said she sought Dr. Suzanne Levine out because she was embarrassed by the bunions and corns on her feet.
Dr. Levine said the problem was that Angela Roy’s foot was very wide. Six months after surgery, Angela Roy feels confident and said that she isn’t shy anymore about her feet.
GMA: Controversy Over Cinderella Surgery
Not all doctors think this surgery is a good idea. Dr. Rock Positano is on of those doctors, and said, “To take a foot that is functioning relatively well and run the risk of causing other problems I think is ludicrous.”
However, Dr. Suzanne Levine insists that her patients first come in because of pain, and Angela Roy vouches for her. She said she no longer has any pain when she slips on her favorite Louboutin heels.
Juju Chang said these surgeries can be highly invasive, and side effects can include permanent pain, numbness, restricted joint movement, risk of infection and swelling. If you ask me, I think these women would save a lot of money and avoid risks by buying a slightly bigger pair of shoes.