As more and more individuals are analyzing their feet and seeking options for trimming down the width of their toes, there’s a new elective surgery craze in the making – “toe reshaping.”
This type of cosmetic surgery for those who are unhappy with the appearance of their toes is considered entirely elective, so insurance companies will not cover the costs, which can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on how complicated the procedure is.
Some podiatrists are comfortable performance these cosmetic procedures to help patients regain their self-esteem and feel more confident.
Other podiatrists, however, do not support the idea of cosmetic foot surgery. Among them are the experts at The American Podiatric Medical Association who released a statement that “Surgical procedures of the foot and ankle are generally performed for relief of pain, restoration of function, and reconstruction of deformities. They may have the additional benefit of improved appearance.”
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your toes and considering a cosmetic surgery it’s important the understand the potential risks of elective surgery; there’s the risk of anesthesia, infection, deformity of the toe if the surgery is not done right, and a risk of re-occurrence.
Suffering from foot and ankle pain due to a deformity? Dr. Michael Andrew Caines is our board certified foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Caines obtained a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He has professional memberships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Caines or another expert orthopaedic surgeon in Hampton Roads contact us today at 757.215.3789.