N.Y. Surgeon Cures “Toe-besity”

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  • A  New York podiatrist is tackling cosmetic surgery by slimming down fat toes.

    Dr. Oliver Zong, the surgical director at NYC FootCare has spent the past decade specializing in cases that he coins “toe-besity.”

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

    Zong said that more and more people have the desire to change the details of their feet.  Patients like E.R. find it embarrassing to have a strange-looking toe.

    “I always had issues with it,” said E.R., who chose to stay anonymous. “It was one of those things that you’re not just comfortable with and try to hide it.”

    E.R. said the toe also caused him some pain.

    “The bone was pushing the nail up, and the nail curved up a little bit, so it was hitting the shoe,” he said.  

    In addition to having some fat and bone shaved down on the toe, Dr. Zong also fixed E.R.’s second toe which was a hammertoe.

    “I already see improvement, and I feel so much more confident now,” E.R. said.

    Many insurance companies consider this type of surgery as elective and will not cover the costs ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the details of the procedure.

    Other podiatrists find cosmetic foot surgery to be a waste of time and risk.

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