Words by Mr Kaser Nazir, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon The London Foot Clinic

The press has recently picked up on the trend 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.


Procedures such as toe shortening and foot narrowing have become popular with ladies who feel that smaller sized shoes look prettier. A notion that has been in existence for centuries, foot binding was very common practice in Ancient China as a symbol of beauty and status.


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Are the shoes to blame for the rise in popularity of cosmetic foot surgeries?

Well not entirely. Poor genetics rather than ill-fitting shoes cause most foot deformities such as bunions, bunionettes, hammertoes and pinched nerves. Add on; potential weight gain, uneven pavements and the rigorous forms of exercise we often put our bodies through and this gives the perfect recipe for excessive strain on our poor feet. Once the deformities progress, then 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 consequently the urge to nip and tuck your toes becomes a necessity.


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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 the 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!




Nadja Auermann for American Vogue © Estate of Helmut Newton / Maconochie Photography

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