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21st Nov 2012

Off With Her Pinky! Women in America Go to Extreme Measures for High Heel Comfort…

Would you ever chop off your toe? What if it meant you'd be able to walk comfortably in heels? Is your answer still no? Well believe it or not, the practice of toe-chopping is gaining popularity in the USA...

We all love high heels, right? They make your legs look slimmer, they ooze sexiness and they give you that strut that’s just full of va-va-voom. You know what we’re talking about ladies! But while we love them, we don’t think we’d ever be willing to chop our pinky toe off in order to wear a pair of heels comfortably.

Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, a growing number of women in America are actually opting to get rid of their pinky toes just so they can fit comfortably into their stilettos. Eh, extreme much?

The Daily Mail reports that according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, a whopping 87 per cent of women suffer from various foot problems caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes and high heels.

Now we’ve all heard about the infamous ‘Loub job’ procedure that involves injecting collagen into the ball of your foot so wearing heels is more comfortable, but seriously? Chopping of a toe?! The mind boggles…

But we shouldn’t be so quick to judge, says Susan Deming, a patient who recently underwent a round of toe-shortening surgery which involved cutting a centimetre off her second toe so she could wear heels more.

“Unless you’ve been there, and you can’t find shoes, and you’re in pain, don’t judge,” she said, speaking to Fox News.

“I was having calluses, and just, all sorts of problems with my left foot. And there finally was a solution. There’s never been a solution before,” she added.

Maybe so, but we’re not sure we like the thoughts of having a bit of our toe removed so they appear shorter…

How far would you go in order to walk comfortably in a pair of high heels?

Dr Nathan Lucas, a podiatrist in Memphis admitted that more and more women are coming into his surgery and requesting the removal of their pinky toe. He says that when a woman requests the controversial surgery, he simply refers them to a surgeon who will happily perform the procedure because it is “a bit extreme” for him.

“It’s on the rise here because the more people know about it, then of course the more they inquire about it,” said Dr Lucas.

“They seek to get certain things done, just because they didn’t know it exists,” he added.

Would you ever sacrifice your pinky toe just so you could walk in heels?