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Women going to extremes for stilettos

Article-Women going to extremes for stilettos

New York — The current fashion trend toward high stiletto heels is motivating some women to have their toes surgically shortened and their feet cushioned with Botox (Allergan).

Spurred by TV’s popular “Sex in the City” and the summer’s fashion-industry film “The Devil Wears Prada,” women in New York are also enrolling in “stiletto strength conditioning” classes, according to an ABC News report.

The report says that one New York surgeon, Suzanne Levine, M.D., performs foot surgery for women whose toes are too long for the shoes, or for those who need more cushioning on their feet. Using Botox, Dr. Levine adds padding to the ball of the feet, which in high heels bears three times their normal load weight of the body.

The reports notes that Dr. Levine wears three-inch heels around her operating room, and that she owns some 300 pairs of stilettos herself.
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