Once upon a time there was a little princess who loved to play dress up. Her favorite part was putting on her mommy’s high heel shoes. She would prance around the house, admire herself in the mirror, and smile because she was just like her fashionable mommy. What the little princess didn’t know, was that mommy’s feet hurt from the high heel shoes, so much so that she was considering foot surgery. But not just any foot surgery. Mommy had been reading in her fashion magazines about something called a Cinderella Procedure. Learn more from the New York Times excerpt below:
Posted by: Laren Stover – The New York Times
When Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a podiatrist, started Evo Advanced Foot Surgery in Beverly Hills, Calif., 13 years ago, he thought it seemed a little vain for women to ask for surgery because their feet hurt wearing fashionable shoes.
“Patients would bring in shoes they dreamed of wearing,” he said over tea recently at the St. Regis New York, where he was staying to see New York patients. “On the surface, it looked shallow. But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.”
For Dr. Sadrieh (who was wearing made-to-order Gucci brogues), foot surgery is a fusion of medicine and fairy tale. At his practice, you don’t have a bunionectomy; you have a Cinderella procedure.
“I had never met a patient who asked for a hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation,” he said. “So I decided to create a name that captures the result of the procedure, without all the Latin. The point of the Cinderella: being able to put a shoe on that didn’t fit comfortably before.”
He also has coined the Perfect 10! (aesthetic toe-shortening — once administered, he said, to a 17-year-old fashion model, so she could wear the shoes her career demanded); Model T (toe-lengthening); and Foot Tuck, a fat-pad augmentation that he said helps with high heels.
And he is not the only doctor changing the face, as it were, of foot surgery.
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In our opinion, if you are even considering foot surgery just so you can fit into your shoes, then you are wearing the wrong shoes! As popular and fashionable as high heel shoes are they do not warrant a procedure to change the structure of your foot. Of course, high heel shoes have their place. It’s okay to wear them to work or for a night out on the town, but find a pair that will fit you and not require surgery! You shouldn’t let your feet define you. Instead you define your feet. If you’re confidently walking down the street it won’t matter if you’re wearing a pair of Christian Louboutins or a pair of Nike athletic shoes.
Let’s try looking at this from a different perspective. It’s vain if you’re willing to have a procedure done just so you can fit into your high heels. But if you actually have foot problems – like bunions or hammertoes, the most common culprits that cause pain, especially in high heels - then you should definitely consider foot surgery.
Adler Footcare New York offers a type of foot surgery that uses a minimally invasive technique. This means the procedure is performed by making a very small incision. It causes less trauma to your foot, causes minimal bleeding and scarring, and usually offers a quick recovery time. Most importantly, it gets rid of the pain.
Getting foot surgery just so you can fit into high heel shoes is not your feet’s answer to happily ever after. Instead, consider the foot problems that are actually causing you the pain and consider minimally invasive surgery to correct them. Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for a free consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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