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Is ‘Toe-besity’ Foot Surgery Happening Here?

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s called a “toe-besity” procedure, surgery aimed at slimming or shortening toes, and it’s the latest plastic surgery fad.

But is it happening here?

A receptionist with one St. Louis-area plastic surgeon sounded nearly indignant that we asked if the procedure was being performed there. That call was not returned.

But Dr. John Holtzman, a local podiatrist, was willing to talk. He told KMOX that people are asking about the ‘toe-besity’ surgery.

“We get some patients who will read articles about some people, especially in New York, having toes removed, actually having the whole bone behind the toe taken off as well,” Holtzman said. “But none of that is really done here.”

Dr. Holtzman says he does not recommend it or perform the procedure, calling ‘toe-besity’ ridiculous.

“Well, we obviously don’t recommend it and don’t do it. It is considered cosmetic, lot of complications, infections, bleeding toe swelling, nerve damage, even leading to amputation. To do cosmetic surgery on a toe is kind of ridiculous.”

As Dr. Holtzman points out, New York seems to be the epicenter of the toe-besity fad.

Good Morning America talked with New York-based Dr. Oliver Zong, a podiatrist who coined the term “toe-besity.”

“When people first started asking, I said ‘What?’” said Zong. “We were mostly doing toe shortenings in the beginning.”

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