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Updated May 1, 2012 - 7:04 am

More women getting plastic surgery on feet

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- According to numbers from the Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group, the number of women getting plastic surgery on their feet has doubled since last year.

The reason: high heels.

"They're working on the part of the foot near the toes that has the pressure in high heels," said plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro. "That's right where the angle is steepest."

Shapiro said the work usually consists of injecting collagen in that area in order to provide more padding. Occasionally, the surgeon will narrow the foot so it can fit in that narrow toe area. In either case, he recommends other procedures.

"You wear high heels to show off the leg," he said. "Obviously a good diet and exercise works, but there's also liposuction and other laser procedures."

Shapiro said getting surgery like that on a functional part of one's body for appearances is not ideal, and even if it goes well, it could cause problems for the back and hips as you put more pressure on your toes.

Shapiro also believes the latest trends in high heels are addressing the problem by adding more of a platform for the toes.


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