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'Cinderella surgery' growing in popularity

'Cinderella Surgery' Growing In Popularity

Newsflash: Heels are not comfortable. A reported 87 percent of women have foot problems because of heels, and some are trying a drastic measure to fix it.

The New York Times recently featured Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a California podiatrist, who essentially gives every patient their happy - and more comfortable - ending with what he's dubbed the "Cinderella Procedure."

Women bring in shoes they want to wear but can't because they either don't fit, or they don't fit comfortably. That helps him determine how he needs to surgically change their feet to fit the shoes. He began offering the procedure 13 years ago and it's taken off ever since.

The women are willing to go to great lengths, like changing the length of their toes, even getting rid of toes or having fat inserted into the soles of their feet.


At first, Sadrieh says he thought the procedure was a pretty shallow move, but then he adopted a different point of view, saying, "I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That's the real world."

Women have opted for surgery in the name of foot fashion all around the country.

A podiatrist in Memphis, Tennessee has been performing similar procedures for more than 15 years and says he sees as many as 30 patients in a month - many requesting their entire pinky toe be removed!

We're not sure how Cinderella would feel about the surgery named after her. After all, in the original (and terrifying) fairytale, it was her stepsisters who cut off parts of their feet to fit into shoes ...

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tlewis5285 April 29 2014 at 12:18 PM

'Vanity, thy name is woman'

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Randy April 29 2014 at 12:56 PM

You'd have to be nuts to have this done

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Sandra April 29 2014 at 1:16 PM

As someone who is forced to wear only the softest house shoes because of nerve damage to my foot, it makes me want to cry to think of women who are so shallow and vain. They should think God for their good fortune to be able to wear any kind of normal shoes.

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genetkat April 29 2014 at 1:21 PM

Each foot has three arches that expand and flatten and then contract and flex making it possible for you to walk. The lateral arch is on the outside of your foot, the medial arch is on the inside and the transverse arch is the ball of the foot, just back of the toes. Think hard before doing this.

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suannesb April 29 2014 at 1:35 PM

The doctor who "At first thought the procedure was a pretty shallow move, but then adopted a different point of view, saying, "I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That's the real world".....is only kidding himself. He's obviously trying to make himself feel better for "going for the big bucks" by performing these vanity operations. The silly women who need to change their feet to fit today's fashionable shoes, in order to exude confidence, will fail in some other facet of their life with the confidence factor. Seeing a psychiatrist would be more helpful in bolstering their confidence than being able to wear ill-fitting shoes put forth by the fashion industry.

If something is truly wrong with your feet that make your shoes hurt, then I'd say find a reputable podiatrist/surgeon to make it right. By my mid-30's, I developed very large bunions that were almost impossible to find confortable shoes for. So, I finally had bunionectomies on both feet by my mid-40's. By the way, I came by my bunions through "genes" inherited from my Mom who also had terrible bunions. I've never worn very high heels or too tight shoes.

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drmbd627 April 29 2014 at 1:40 PM

How ethical are these procedures? Does he inform his patient about the long term health consequences of these surgeries? At least this Dr. should be required to offer his patients some psychological evaluation. It is totally unbelievable how Dr. Ali Sadreh justifies these surgeries....
Anything for money...I imagine that he will be performing surgeries for a while because next year the new style of shoes will require longer toes and lower IQ.
What an insult to Cinderella...

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writersblock2589 April 29 2014 at 1:44 PM

This is so stupid! It is just another way society is trying to make perfection when we are born just the way we should be. It is difficult, but not impossible to find comfortable heels. Perhaps the fashion industry needs to start playing up that it is okay to be natural and not physically change your body for shoes. Women have been trying for decades to make themselves "beautiful" by various outlandish things; corsets and heels among them. Perhaps we should start saying how beautiful we naturally are and be confident enough to look harder for comfortable fitting heels. I own several pairs of heels that are comfortable and I refuse to change myself to fit into fashion standards. Nobody should remove anything they are born with unless medically necessary.

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frozenbull April 29 2014 at 1:55 PM

Buy bigger shoes .

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jdonoh4 April 29 2014 at 1:55 PM

Have your little toes amputated so that your feet fit into your hooker shoes??? Wow, that's brilliant!

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tharper001 April 29 2014 at 1:59 PM

Disgusting...

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