AUSTIN (KXAN) - Many women suffer from painful foot conditions from wearing highheels. Now one doctor hopes to help women via a controversialmedical procedure.
After having the surgery, Eleni Lipakis said she can wearwhatever shoes she wants now, without pain.
"Sometimes I really don't even look at those shoes that Ithought that I couldn't get into. Then I try them on and I'm like,'Oh, my God, my foot gets in them," said Lipakis.
Foot surgeon Dr. Ali Sadrieh of Beverly Hills said women areable to avoid pain from high heels through his patented"Cinderella" procedure, which narrows the foot by shaving the boneson both sides and straightening the toes.
"What's the solution, don't wear those shoes? What patient isgoing to do that? They're all going to continue to wear the shoes,"said Sadrieh.
He said getting the surgery now will prevent future pain.
"It'll probably take 10 or 15 years before this joint to becomeso painful she has to get foot surgery," said Sadrieh. "Imagine thedoctor saying, 'Your cholesterol is through the roof, but you haveno symptoms so come back when you have a heart attack.' That's whatwe're telling women who have bunions or hammertoes. 'Come back whenyou get a joint attack. Come back when you get arthritis,' becausethat's when it hurts," said the surgeon.
If surgery to squeeze into shoes seems reminiscent of theancient Chinese tradition of foot binding, there's a coalition offoot surgeons taking a stand against it.
"It's inappropriate to take the risk of surgery for someone whohas no pain," said Dr. Glen Pfeffer, former president of the
He said the feet take 100,000 pounds of stress for every mile ofwalking, but Sadrieh said women will be walking miles in thoseshoes.
"It makes sense to me to help a woman by doing a safe procedurethan say, 'Sorry, deal with it,'" said Sadrieh.
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