Your memories of Cinderella may include wicked stepmothers, a fairy godmother and handsome prince, a pumpkin that turns into a magnificent coach, and, of course, a glass slipper. It likely doesn’t include foot surgery. That is because Cinderella’s feet fit perfectly into those magical shoes. However, just like life is not a fairy tale, not everyone has Cinderella’s pristine feet. For many women, the shape and size of their feet or imperfections like bunions prevent them from wearing the kinds of fashionable shoes they’d like to, such as high heels.

That is where “Cinderella” foot surgery got its name. This cosmetic procedure focuses on reshaping the foot to accommodate more footwear options and correcting the issues that cause pain and impair comfort. This can involve fixing bunions, bunionettes, and hammertoes that cause increasing amounts of pain as they progress. But Cinderella foot surgery, when undergone exclusively to accommodate tight-fitting or other trendy shoe styles, can also involve shortening the length of the toes.

Toe-Shortening Surgery

It isn’t unusual for one of the lesser toes to grow longer than the big toe. However, this condition can cause problems functionally as well as aesthetically. An abnormally long toe can be unattractive and embarrassing, especially when barefoot or wearing open-toed shoes or sandals. A longer than usual lesser toe can also lead to further deformity and deterioration of the toe, including a hammertoe contracture.

Usually, the toe at issue is the one closest to the big toe, with the big toe approximately equal in the length to the second and possibly third toe, followed by the shorter fourth and fifth toes to create a profile and shape known as a parabola. An elongated toe disrupts this parabola, around which almost all shoes are designed.

Pros and Cons of Cinderella Foot Surgery

Make no mistake; Cinderella foot surgery is just that – surgery. No invasive surgical procedure should be undertaken lightly, as they all involve risks. Infection, nerve damage, anesthesia problems, and scarring, along with lengthy recovery time, can all be unwanted complications arising from foot surgery. However, the overwhelming majority of procedures go smoothly and achieve the desired results.

For Cinderella foot surgery, those desired results include:

  • More footwear choices. Not only can foot problems and deformities limit the kinds of shoes you can wear, but issues like bunions and hammertoes can be made worse by tight and ill-fitting, albeit stylish and trendy, footwear. Cinderella foot surgery can resolve these issues and open up a universe of footwear options that were previously off-limits. 
  • Greater confidence and self-esteem. If your feet feel unsightly, they can make you feel unsightly. Embarrassment, insecurity, and lower self-esteem can all be byproducts of not feeling good about how you look. Correcting aesthetically displeasing foot and toe conditions can address these impediments and help you feel better about yourself and your appearance.
  • Fixing underlying mechanical issues. Many of the unsightly foot problems often addressed in Cinderella foot surgery, such as bunions and hammertoes, are also the cause of pain, discomfort, and other mechanical issues. Surgery that fixes these conditions can not only improve the look of the feet but also resolve the underlying medical problem and eliminate associated functional limitations or pain.

Call JAWSpodiatry Today to Learn More About Cinderella Foot Surgery

At JAWSpodiatry in Hollywood, Florida, we get that problems with the appearance of your feet can be just as troublesome and impactful as problems that cause pain or discomfort. When you make an appointment with one of our leading podiatrists, we will not only examine your feet to determine the nature and extent of your condition, but will also take the time to learn about your concerns and treatment goals. If we do recommend surgery, our experienced podiatrists will perform your procedure with the utmost care and precision, using the most advanced technology and methods.  Please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 to schedule a consultation.