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COSMETIC FOOT SURGERY SUCH AS TOE SHORTENING SHOULD NOT BE PERFORMED EXCEPT IN RARE CASES

AFTER PODIATRIST DR. HILLARY BRENNER COMPLETED A TOE SHORTENING PROCEDURE FOR A PATIENT WHO WAS CONSTANTLY IN PAIN, SHE NOTICED AN INFLUX OF WOMEN ASKING HER TO PROVIDE TOE SHORTENING SERVICES FOR THEMSELVES -- FOR COMPLETELY COSMETIC PURPOSES.  SHE HAS TURNED THEM ALL DOWN.  PODIATRIST BRENNER STATES, "I ONLY DO SURGERIES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN PAIN.  IF YOU ARE NOT IN PAIN, YOU DON'T HAVE SURGERY."

"THERE ARE SOME ACCEPTABLE REASONS THAT WOMEN WOULD OPT TO GET COSMETIC SURGERY ON THEIR FEET, INCLUDING PAINFUL BUNIONS OR DEFORMITIES," STATES PODIATRIST DR. WILLIAM SPIELFOGEL, THE HEAD OF PODIATRY AT LENNOX HILL HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK AND A MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE PODIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, SAID TO CBSNEWS.COM. PODIATRIST SPIELFOGEL STATES, "IN BRENNER'S PATIENT'S CASE, THE ESPECIALLY ELONGATED TOE WAS CAUSING CORNS AND ULCERS THAT COULD GET INFECTED."  BOTH DOCTORS AGREED THAT WHEN THEY DECIDE TO TAKE ON FOOT SURGERY PATIENTS, IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS A MEDICAL NEED AND NOT FOR COSMETIC REASONS.

AT ACADEM FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS WE PRACTICE CONSERVATIVE CARE WHICH MEANS THAT WE AVOID UNNECESSARY MEDICATIONS AND SURGERY WHENEVER POSSIBLE.  WE WOULD NEVER EVER PERFORM COSMETIC SURGERY AS MOST RESPECTED MEDICAL DOCTORS, MEDICAL SPECIALISTS, CHIROPODISTS, FOOT DOCTORS, FOOT SPECIALISTS AND PODIATRISTS CONSIDER THIS TO BE BORDERING ON THE UNETHICAL.

IF YOU OR A FRIEND OR FAMILY WOULD LIKE HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE OR FOOT CARE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT MY FOOT CLINIC AT 416-465-8737.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A . HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.

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