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How common are foot problems caused by cosmetic foot surgery?

James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Cosmetic procedures include operations that shorten perfectly normal toes or correct other real or perceived flaws in appearance, often for the express purpose of fitting into skimpy designer high heels. Although such procedures may improve the outer appearance of the foot, they do nothing to lessen pain or improve your ability to walk -- the usual reasons for undergoing surgery. In fact, complications from surgery can lead to chronic foot pain. In a survey of orthopedic surgeons -- all members of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) -- 50% said they've treated patients for foot problems caused by complications from cosmetic foot surgery.

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