While we’re snuggled in our cozy socks and tights to keep our feet warm this winter, it’s summer down under in Australia and they’re sporting sandals. And there’s a growing trend among those who may not feel their feet are ready for open-toe shoes just yet - they’re getting “Cinderella surgery.” It’s basically a “facelift for your feet” and can include everything from common procedures like bunion removal to foot slimming and toe-shortening, all with the goal of getting smoother, younger looking feet.
Sydney foot surgeon Dr. Haydar Ozcan explains that people seeking Cinderella surgery aren’t always doing it for better looking feet. He says some folks have painful conditions they want relief from, like bunions, clawed toes, long or short toes or flat feet and they’re going under the knife for help.
Despite the name, Cinderella surgery is not a fairytale and does involve some serious foot work. Dr. Craig Hankridge says that some patients who’ve had a cosmetic issue for a while that becomes more and more painful finally decide to have the procedure to improve both appearance and function. Of course, like all surgeries, there’s a risk involved, but that’s not stopping people from getting foot fillers to plump and even out their feet, or ankle liposculpture to get rid of those pesky “cankles.”