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Feet, We're Failing You Now--Editorial

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You can’t help but wonder where it will end—when women, with a strong assist from the media, will stop comparing themselves to some impossible ideal and electing ever-stranger cosmetic procedures to achieve it. And when physicians will stop transforming themselves from doctors who address medical issues into aestheticians, capitalizing on this lucrative trend and enabling women to continue their endless quest for perfection.

It’s hard to put blame exclusively on the shoulders of any party in this mix—it’s a self-perpetuating vicious circle with everyone contributing. Media organizations compete to publish the most sensational stories they can find to capture ratings, and cosmetic surgery is of huge interest these days. Women succumb to increasing pressure to look thin enough, feminine enough and young enough to be acceptable in today’s society. And gynecologists, dermatologists and even general practitioners add cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation and liposuction to their practices—or even convert to the field of cosmetic surgery altogether—to make money.

As the vicious circle keeps turning and widening, cosmetic procedures are starting to show up in still other areas of medicine. Some of the newer procedures you can elect allow you to beautify your feet. Yes, podiatrists are adding a variety of aesthetic treatments to their practices to help you look your best in sandals and sport the most uncomfortable—but fashionable—footwear on the planet, sky high heels.

One of the leaders of this movement is Dr. Ali Sadreih, DPM, with his Beverly Hills Aesthetic Foot Surgery center. In a visit to Sadreih, you can sign up for “aesthetic toe shortening.” As a photo caption on his website notes, “When toes are too long, they can bunch up when wearing heels.” Dr. Sadreih’s toe surgery can help you avoid another foot fashion faux pas, when toes “hang off the edge” when the occasion calls for revealing footwear. You don’t want that.

Other treatments offered at the Aesthetic Foot Center include toe lengthening, which, to be fair, can be a relief to those with congenitally deformed toes or those who have had hammertoe surgery go wrong.

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Good question, Pat. In a quick Google search I found more "aesthetic foot" practices in Southern California, and others in Arizona, Tennessee and New York. One calls itself "Institute Beaute" and says, if you can believe it, "the foot is the new face." Good grief!

There's even an "International Aesthetic Foot Society," double good grief. They list members in Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky...

The combination of the entertainment industry and the media will continue to provide almost endless fuel for this fire, I'm afraid. I think it's up to us women to put our foot down.

August 12, 2010 - 6:24pm
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Cathy - You're raised some interesting points. I am curious though as to whether what the Beverly Hills podiatrist is doing is spreading elsewhere or if that is unique to the LA area. The standards for both men and women to get work in the entertainment industry basically call for them to have "perfect" features and the volume of absurd procedures that people have done there is higher than in other communities. Personally I'm tired of the entertainment industry trying to foist their view of "reality" on the rest of us with distorted, unrealistic notions of which personal assets are the most important.

August 12, 2010 - 5:51pm
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