These are my actual toes. As you can see, they’re not exactly slender. Or attractive. Actually, they’re kind of gross. But you know, of all the things on my body I’ve ever felt self-conscious about, these little piggies have just never been on the list, because these feet work really hard to help me run, dance, do yoga, and walk around. But apparently, plenty of women do feel uncomfortable about their toes, because toe-slimming surgery is reportedly on the rise. Or at least, that’s what a doctor who makes a living convincing women their feet are fat told ABC News.
The completely-elective, medically unnecessary surgery, says Dr. Oliver Zong, was practically unheard of when he first started performing it–but now, it’s not so crazy at all, he proudly reported to ABC.
As a result, it’s all over the news–toe-besity: An epidemic! Toe-slimming is the new liposuction! Everyone and their Nana is getting their toes slimmed!
Of course, Dr. Zong hasn’t (that I’ve been able to find) presented any numbers that actually indicate toe-slimming is the booming business that he says it is–at least not outside of New York City, where he practices. And even if toe-slimming is sweeping the nation, all that really means is that now, more than ever, women (and men–men get this surgery, too) feel so crappy about their appearance that they’re willing to risk swelling, nerve damage, deformity, and an inability to uses ones feet for fun, foot-related things, like dancing or comfortably wearing shoes. Which is kind of sad.
As a rule, I’m not an opponent of plastic surgery–while I think there are undue pressures put on women and female-identified individuals to look perfect, I’m also into being pro-active about one’s self esteem. Expecting someone who feels miserable about their appearance to just buck up and deal with it, instead of doing something about it, is equally unrealistic.
But seriously. Toe-slimming surgery?
Your feet are purely functional body parts, with a lot of complex, tiny bones, tendons, and nerve endings. They’re responsible for so many aspects of health and wellness and mobility. Messing with something that’s so effective at doing its very important job so it can be prettier seems…backwards.
My feet are, by most accounts, not that cute. In fact, they’re pretty unattractive. But they’re also strong and able and dependable. And I don’t think risking that so that they look like Barbie feet in strappy sandals is really worth it. But then, maybe I’m wrong. Would you get your toes slimmed? Shortened? Is this no different from any other elective plastic surgery? Set me straight in the comments.