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If The Shoe Doesn't Fit, Don't Buy Bigger Shoes—Get Smaller Feet!

While shoes are an important accessory for women concerned with fashion, not every woman's feet fit nicely into those sleek designer heels or narrow-towed boots. So, if your feet more closely resemble Fred Flintstone's instead of Cinderella's, you can have them slimmed down with cosmetic surgery. Foot narrowing procedures are becoming more popular for women who want their foot to fit the shoe, instead of the other way around. 

What Is Foot Narrowing?

Whether your bunions cause your shoes to squeeze your feet or you just have wide feet, a foot narrowing procedure, often called a Cinderella procedure, shaves down the feet to make them slimmer. This foot shaving methods makes your feet sleeker, so they slide right into those heels without hanging over the sides. You can also have the procedure to fix foot deformities that prevent you from wearing the shoes you love.

The surgeon can shave down the bone and realign your toes into a straighter position. During the procedure, the surgeon makes two incisions: one at base of the big toe on the inside of your foot, and one at the base of the little toe on the outside of the foot. Pins or screws are used to hold your bones in place as the foot and toes heal. 

What About Recovery?

Recovery time for foot narrowing procedures can vary by patient, such like other cosmetic procedures. However, it can take up 8 weeks to completely heal and be able to show off your narrow feet in some sexy heels. Your surgeon may also prescribe special shoes to wear, pain medications, and crutches to use during the healing process. 

What Are The Risks?

The risk of foot narrowing procedures are the same as with any other type of cosmetic surgical procedure. You run the risk of infection, nerve damage, excessive bleeding, scarring, and pain. To make sure you understand all the risks associated with the procedure, discuss with your podiatrist. He or she can examine your feet to see determine if you are a good candidate. 

Keep in mind not all foot doctors are a fan of foot surgeries for cosmetic reasons. Even the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) does not approve of having surgical procedures of the feet for improved appearance only, because of the potential risks. However, if bunions or other foot deformities are causing you pain and keeping you from wearing the shoes you love, talk with your podiatrist about your surgical and non-surgical alternatives.