Although personally I always envisage plastic surgery as being on the face, it has now apparently moved down past the arms and chest, the stomach and thighs – the latest plastic surgery craze it seems, is for the foot. Now I’m not a huge foot and toe fan, I actually have a phobia of ‘wiggly toes’ (I think it stems back from seeing the film version of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ with the bald witches and their square feet, urgh) but while I do not particularly like my own feet, I seriously can’t imagine having them operated on for non-medical reasons. However, as celebrities prove, when you have a foot problem and a shoe addiction, it doesn’t always have the desired results…ahem Mrs Beckham!
As designer shoes with tiny straps and huge heels become increasingly popular, there’s admittedly less and less space to hide any foot ailments (unless you go with the Sienna Miller school of thought and cover any imperfections up). Apparently it’s more of a case of whether the foot fits than the shoe these days.
According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), there is now a massive range of surgical procedures for any foot treatments required. In fact, you could have your toes shortened, your feet narrowed, the fat pad on your sole injected with collagen and many other appearance-related procedures. AOFAS surgeons seem to be very much against such surgery. “I think it’s reprehensible for a physician to correct someone’s feet so they can get into Jimmy Choo shoes,” said Dr. Sharon Dreeben, Chair of the AOFAS Public Education Committee.
Admittedly part of me does imagine that the AOFAS mainly involves middle aged men who have no idea what a shoe addiction is like which is why, when I saw that, according to The Times this week, shoe designer extraordinaire Rupert Sanderson agrees with them, it made me think even more carefully. He’s quoted as saying that that he thinks it’s ‘bonkers’ and that ‘to contort your natural shape for the sake of a shoe, well it’s Cinderella in reverse’. Wise words indeed, although from past experience I have to say that Mr. Sanderson’s footwear isn’t always the most comfortable in existence!
Personally I’m with the foot experts and the shoe designer on this one – I’m not a fan of foot surgery unless a person’s in actual pain walking – and by that I mean foot deformity type pain, not ‘Oh no my Manolos are a bit uncomfortable, better do something about that!’ type pain, although that’s not usually my opinion after a few hours in heels. Apparently, studies suggest that most foot deformities such as hammer toes, claw toes, corns and bunionettes are associeted with repeatedly wearing ill-fitting shoes, and this is something I am definitely guilty of. However, I’d rather experience the discomfort of blisters than the trauma of cosmetic surgery gone wrong – as much as I try to avoid walking long distances in my heels, feet are primarily functional!
So ladies, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue – what do you think?