More Women are Having Foot Surgery Due to Improper Footwear

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, 87 percent of women have problems with their feet due to high heels and other shoes that are not practical and do not fit properly. “I was having calluses, and just, all sorts of problems with my left foot. And there was finally a solution,” said Susan Deming, a woman who had her second toe shortened with surgery.

Many other procedures for women include getting bunions removed and getting collagen injected into the balls of their feet for more cushioning. Many women are even expressing interesting in having their pinky toe completely amputated for a better fit.

Bunions are very painful foot deformities that are especially common in people who wear high heeled shoes. For help dealing with a bunion, visit podiatrist Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Ingrassia will assess your injury and administer the care you need.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.


Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.


A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

  • Blood Tests – testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
  • Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.


Wearing a wider shoe can remove the pressure on the bunion and reduce pain.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fords and East Brunswick, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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