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Cosmetic Toe-Shortening Similar to Foot-Binding

bunionToe-binding, also known as cosmetic toe-shortening, is a relatively new procedure that has achieved a following in the U.S.  The process involves surgically removing a knuckle followed by pinning the toe back together in order to refuse the bones. In non-cosmetic situations, this procedure is usually performed alongside bunion removal.

Although the process is similar to the banned practice of foot-binding, there are satisfied clients of this procedure, including 47 year old high school teacher Nancy Velazquez. "I'm honestly crazy about my toes now. I sound like a commercial-I tell so many people they should do it” Velazquez said. Velasquez cited having difficulties wearing heels and dancing prior to the procedure and now claims these difficulties are minimalized upon undergoing the procedure.

Many people are affected by bunions. If you have bunions, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of the Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan. Dr. Cohen can treat your bunions with both surgical and non-surgical methods.   

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.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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