Shocking Cosmetic Procedure… For Feet? (VIDEO)

How far would you go in pursuit of style? Would you surgically alter your foot in order to wear high-heeled, pointy-toed shoes?

The “Cinderella Procedure” makes feet narrower while correcting bunions. You can also have a toe-shortening procedure that will allow you to wear narrower, pointy-toed shoes without crushing your toes. Or how about taking fat from your abdomen to inject into the balls of your feet for extra cushioning while wearing high heels?

Podiatrist Ali Sadrieh, of Beverly Hills Aesthetic Foot Surgery, is quoted in The Wall Street Journal as saying, “It’s unrealistic to tell women not to wear high heels. I came up with procedures that allow the women to function, pain-free, in the real world.”


It is one thing to have corrective foot surgery for bunions and other painful foot conditions. It is quite another to do so for the sake of style. Surgery always comes with a certain amount of risk.

Perhaps I am hopelessly out-of-touch with the fashion world, but why on earth would anyone subject themselves to these procedures for the purpose of wearing punishing, impractical shoes? The fashion “experts” decide these torture devices are sexy so folks line up to have their toes shortened and their feet narrowed… something is very wrong with this picture.

It is not always the case, but often enough, it was the wearing of those torture devices that exacerbated the foot problems in the first place.

Women’s shoes are notoriously poorly designed, forcing the feet into unnatural positions and with little support. Some women will endure great pain in order to stuff their feet into narrow designer shoes. Pain for beauty is a price they are willing to pay.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Position Statement on Cosmetic Foot Surgery:

Surgical procedures of the foot and ankle are generally performed for relief of pain, restoration of function, and reconstruction of deformities. They may have the additional benefit of improved appearance. Surgical procedures performed solely for aesthetic purposes carry risks similar to those performed for more traditional reasons. Patients considering surgery of the foot or ankle, whether for medical or aesthetic reasons, are advised to consult a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Podiatrists performing surgery for medical or aesthetic reasons should have appropriate training, experience, and credentials to properly perform the surgery, manage the post-operative care, and treat the possible complications.

Next: VIDEO: Dr. Sadrieh showing The Cinderella Procedure on The Doctors Show

Dr. Sadrieh showing The Cinderella Procedure on The Doctors Show Warning: graphic footage of surgery

Watching the woman in the video jamming her foot into her designer shoes is painful to witness. As I wrote in a post earlier this year, regularly wearing high heels

  • alters the anatomy of the calf muscles and tendons;
  • can cause tripping and falling, which can lead to ankle sprains and breaks;
  • may create foot problems like bunions, hammertoes, and nerve damage;
  • puts stress on the back and knees;
  • and causes Haglund’s deformity, otherwise known as “pump bump,” that occurs when straps of high heeled shoes dig into the tissue around the Achilles tendon.

We can’t escape the fact that high heels are considered sexy… and sex sells. But, really, why do women subject themselves to this torture? I admit to having a few pairs of high heels myself, although I rarely venture out in them. I can’t imagine wearing shoes that are too narrow or squeeze my toes. Personally, I have to feel good to look good.

I am certainly not in a position to judge other people… and we do live in a free society. I just don’t understand it.


3 years ago

Way back when the 'winklepicker' shoe first made its appearance ( think 1956 ), I made it a practice to always buy shoes a half-size longer than my regular, to a certain extent, I was spared the crippling deformities that afflicted my contemporaries.. .OK, now I'm 77, and I DO have bunions, but they don't ever hurt me, and since I no longer wear high heels (1 1/2- 2" is the maximum), I don't suffer the problems that the latest crop of chumps are going to have!
There has to be something seriously wrong with the brain of any woman who wears a heel height that is almost as high as her foot is long......if you think I'm wrong, just'll be hearing about it!

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Heidi R.
Past Member 5 years ago

There are so many really attractive flat shoes. Women need to wake up and walk in 'sensible' shoes. I know from experience.

I once wore shoes so high I had to leave work BAREFOOT at lunch time to buy a new pair of shoes. There was no way I could walk another step in my high heels. What nonsense we women make fashion out to be.

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W5 years ago

I don't know, wearing shoes your correct size seems a little better. Anyway, no-one, but no-one will convince me that my feet would be pain-free after that sort of surgery. Even after recovery (which I don't imagine being quick, and I do imagine being torturous) the arthritis... And I'm glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of foot-binding when they read this

Mara C.
Past Member 6 years ago

I have a both types of bunions on my right foot. They are very painful. I just wear shoes with a deep toe box and avoid surgery. Does anyone know where I can by platform Birkenstocks? LOL!

Suzanne Loewen
Suzanne L6 years ago

Back in the 50's and 60's some women had their pinky toes removed so they could wear the high-heeled pointy-toed shoes. And, in China before the revolution they used to break and bind women's feet into little, 4 inch "lotus blossoms" because they were considered sexy. I love my feet exactly the way they are - can walk, dance, run, all the good stuff feet were designed for, and my hubby likes 'em bare. Fashion is creates a lot of casualties.

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Angelica P6 years ago


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