Apparently some people are so embarrassed
with their obese toes that they have hidden it even from their intimate
partners. Dr. Zong says that he didn't have to deal with people making this
request before he started practice ten years ago. He said that he was taken by
surprise at requests for fat toes to be shaved off.
In some cases toe deformation could indicate
that the individual could be suffering from other health problems such as
arthritis, bunions and hammertoe, which would require a surgery to be
rectified. In such cases the surgery is more to restore comfort to the
suffering individual than for cosmetic reasons.
However, there are other podiatrists who
think that 'toe-besity' is unethical and do not support the idea of foot
surgery purely for cosmetic reasons. They believe that such surgeries must not
be conducted if there is no pain or other functional impairment, as a surgery usually
puts a person under several risks such as that for anesthesia, deformity,
infection and other general risks associated with surgery.
But Zong himself believes that toe surgeries
are just like any other cosmetic surgeries and that the surgeries restore
self-esteem and confidence in 'needy' individuals. He believes that the
procedures may be carried out as long as they are safe.
Cosmetic toe surgeries
are considered elective and are, therefore, not
covered by insurance companies. The cost of the procedure is entirely dependant
on the nature of the procedure and the degree of complication involved.