What Is It?
It’s important to realize that cosmetic foot surgery is not the same thing as reconstructive foot surgery. While cosmetic foot surgery is performed for the sole purpose of making an otherwise healthy foot look better, reconstructive foot surgery is done to correct deformities that generally cause pain or lead to disablity.
For example, cosmetic foot surgery can be done to narrow the feet or shorten the toes, perhaps so they can fit into more stylish shoes. On the other hand, reconstructive foot surgery is performed to correct issues such as flat feet or a bunion deformity.
What to Keep in Mind for Foot Surgery
Advancements in plastic and microsurgery are making the prospect of surgery more reasonable. Before cosmetic surgery, people generally accepted the way that their body was shaped and looked. However, modern and common surgeries that are routinely completed on the face and limbs include reducing, enlarging, removing, or adding. However, one body part that is gaining more attention is the foot.
If one does not like the look or feel of his or her feet, then reducing the size of their feet is an option. This article will describe several surgeries that one might be interested in if researching surgical intervention on the foot. As well, this article will discuss the ideal candidate for foot surgeries.
Types of Foot Surgery
- Cinderella surgery has been coined to describe foot reduction surgery in order to modify the size and shape of the feet to better fit certain shoe types. This may look like lengthening or shortening toes, removing parts of the foot to reduce the size, or even adding fat deposits to the sole of the foot to provide more cushion. However, there is some public health concern over the effects of foot reduction surgery.
- Toenails often trap dirt and should be cleaned daily. If not properly maintained, toenails can become deformed or even infected. For example, for someone with an ingrown toenail, a thirty-minute surgery can take place in the office and cut away the part of the nail that extrudes into the toe. On the other hand, the need for cosmetic foot surgery is needed which can change how the toenails look and require more extensive surgery.
- Fusion surgery is typically carried out on people with arthritic ankles or flat feet. A general anesthetic is usually given to the patient and a few incisions are applied to remove the damaged joints. The last step involves adding a plate with screws to stabilize the ankle or foot. Sometimes extra bone can be taken from another part of the body and used in the ankle or foot. When the surgery is complete, the patient will have to wear a cast for several months until the stabilizing scaffold sets and the body adopt the inserted plate.
Ideal Candidates for Foot Surgery
— No pre-existing diseases or medications
The ideal candidates are those that lack existing conditions and take medications that could complicate the surgery and recovery. As well, if the surgery induces an infection, then the patient will need to be able to take medication for the infection during the recovery period. Having many other medications in the system already may compromise the recovery. Still not sure if you’re the ideal foot surgery candidate? read our article “Is Cosmetic Foot Surgery Right for You?” and find out.
— Problems Requiring Noninvasive Surgery
The ideal candidate will require the most non-invasive types of surgeries. For example, someone who requires a large portion of the foot removed for cosmetic foot surgery is at a much higher risk of having disabling issues later on in life versus someone who requires a simple incision to a toe. Reducing the difficulty of the operation will ensure that complications do not arise during surgery, recovery, or later in life.