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"Toe Jobs" Are a Thing

Swarovski encrusted 8-inch Louboutins designed for English National Ballet, via <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2130989/Christian-Louboutin-sympathy-women-struggle-stilettos.html">Daily Mail</a>
Swarovski encrusted 8-inch Louboutins designed for English National Ballet, via Daily Mail

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Some trends come with consequences: physical scarring from ill-advised piercings, mental scarring from haircut fiascos/see-through leggings/the '80s, and the muscular aches and joint pain associated with super high heels. In the case of the latter, women are apparently attempting to right all the medical wrongs that come with donning five-inchers with—wait for it—cosmetic foot surgery.

Although medical experts have been decrying the sky-high trend for years, heels continue to creep upward, and the go-to fix for some women, apparently, is to shoot synthetic goo into the body parts needed to, you know, walk. Here, for your wonder and amazement, is the cheat sheet version of this procedure.

· Enquiries by women requesting dermal filler injections into the toe pads, heels and balls of the feet have soared 21%. That's double what it was last year.
· Fun names of these procedures include "foot facelifts" and "Loub jobs"
· Pros: Feet don't tingle so much, heel wearers won't have to risk contracting hepatitis B from walking home shoe-less
· Cons: Possible infections, pain, scarring, nerve damage
· What Louboutin has to say about his heels: "High heels are pleasure with pain. If you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them," he told Grazia in August. No word yet on what he has to say about the surgery that's as extreme as his heels.
· Length of time the "benefits" last: up to six months, which is about how long the super-high-heel trend would have lasted if it were up to Cathy Horyn
· Cost of a pair of Louboutins: $945
· Cost of the surgery needed to wear them: about $425

· Would You Have A Toe Job? [Daily Mail]
· Here Are All Of The Ways High Heels Are Ruining Your Body [Racked]