Dr. Suzanne Levine & Alec Baldwin

10th Annual Author’s Night Update – Dr. Suzanne Levine & Everett Lautin, “My Feet Are Killing Me”

Hello all,

I’ve been looking forward to the 10th Annual Author’s Night in New York for some time now. It was such an honor for me, Suzanne Levine, to be in the company of such wonderful authors and celebrities who had come to show their support for the East Hampton Library, and speak with them about my book.

Among many highlights was getting a chance to meet Alec Baldwin and actually get a photo of myself and the co-author of “My Feet Are Killing Me“, Dr. Everett Lautin. It’s a big deal because he is the person usually in charge of the camera, being a lover of photography himself.

I saw some women in beautiful shoes there. Always a treat to see what other people are wearing but always very hard to not put on my podiatrist hat when I see someone who shares an affinity for stiletto heels like myself but is clearly walking around in pain.

This time I couldn’t ignore it.  She was really hurting (and wearing cute shoes – had to know more).  I walked up, introduced myself, explained that I was a podiatrist, and hand her a bottle of my Stiletto RX Foot Spray.  I was very pleased we ran into each other later and she thanked me for the spray – it saved her night.  Which, in addition to everything else – made my night.

I love it when that happens.

xo – Suzanne Levine, DPM

Dr. Suzanne Levine & Dr. Everett Lautin - Authors of My Feet Are Killing Me

Best Lunch Hour Fix Me Up for Aching Feet & Toes with Dr. Suzanne Levine, Institute Beaute, New York

Dr. Suzanne Levine ‘Lube Job’ Injection – The Best Lunch Hour Fix Me Up Ever For Aching Feet & Toes, New York

Dr. Suzanne Levine’s ‘Lube Job Injection’ at Institute Beaute, New York

We know! Your feet are killing you! It’s summer and it’s beautiful out there in New York. You have made the most of it: jogging, tennis, golf, the beach, aerobics, and just fun in the sun. Your feet are paying the price—especially your big toe.

“You need a ‘Lube Job’,” says the eminent, Manhattan-based podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine. “It only takes a few minutes, has minimal discomfort, and there’s no recovery time.” You can hear the enthusiasm in Dr. Levine’s voice. “My patients come in during their lunch hour and walk right out feeling better—and you can resume exercise as soon as you like.”

Our favorite summer activities help keep us in shape, leaner and fitter, but are feet bare the brunt of the extra load on our bodies and the extra stress of all this exercise. This repeated stress and repeated micro-trauma can injure the big toe. And not only does the big toe hurt, but the pain can make you change the way you walk—putting extra stress on the rest of the foot, the ankles, knees, hips, and even your spine. So what to do?

“A Lube Job” is Dr. Levine’s term for viscosupplementation, an injection of hyaluronic acid into a joint, often the big toe. “Think of it as Restylane for the feet,” says Dr. Levine. At Dr. Levine’s luxurious Park Avenue office, The Institute Beaute, she works with the latest in equipment, in this case a digital fluoroscope (a form of real time x-ray). The fluoroscope lets Dr. Levine see precisely where she is placing the small needle, that is into the affected joint at the base of the big toe. This makes the injection easier, quicker and almost discomfort free.

Dr. Levine says, “Your body produces hyaluronic acid, a fluid that lubricates your joints so that they can move freely with no friction. If the production of hyaluronic acid slows, the joints do not glide smoothly—this puts wear on the joint and can be very painful. Loss of this natural lubricant can occur from overuse, injury, poorly fitting shoes, arthritis, or a genetic predisposition.”

Dr. Levine’s patients are not only weekend warriors, but also professional athletes who must get back to “work” quickly or cost their team big bucks.

“A ‘Lube Job’” can produce miraculous results,” says Dr. Levine. “Relieving pain that aspirin and Ibuprofen can’t even touch.”

Dr. Suzanne Levine is available for interview and taping while administering her “Lube Job” on one of her patients in New York.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Levine at Institute Beaute, New York – please visit www.institutebeaute.com


Dr. Suzanne Levine 10th Annual Authors Night FI

Dr. Suzanne Levine to Attend 10th Annual Authors Night in New York

Summary of Event

Dr. Suzanne Levine, voted one of New York’s best doctors by New York Magazine and primary podiatrist at Institute Beaute, has been invited to attend Authors Night, a benefit supporting the East Hampton Library in the village of East Hampton, New York. Dr. Levine has authored five books, and will be promoting her most recent book, the new and improved edition of My Feet Are Killing Me! She will join other distinguished and best selling authors at the event, including Barbara Goldsmith and Emily Liebert.



(prREACH) Celebrity aesthetic podiatrist and author invited to premier literary event.

“I am honored to have been invited to this event,” states Dr. Levine. “It is an indication that my work promoting podiatry has been recognized by the literary community.”
As a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, the books Dr. Levine have authored focus exclusively on foot care. She has also co-authored two other books dedicated to overall beauty and enhancement: The Botox Book and You Don’t Need Plastic Surgery.
Authors Night will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 4:00pm to 7:30pm.

About Dr. Suzanne Levine

Dr. Suzanne Levine is the innovator in the emerging field of aesthetic podiatry. Her motto is, “Treat your feet the way you treat your face.” Dr. Levine is considered, by her colleagues, as one of the most influential podiatrists and New York Magazine selected her as one of New York’s best doctors. As a Diplomat of The American Board of Podiatric Surgery and cofounder and Vice President of the International Aesthetic Foot Society, Dr. Levine is on the staff of the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornel Medical Center as well as Lenox Hill Hospital/North Shore Medical Center. She has been a consultant for the Brown Shoe Corporation, Dr. Scholl’s, 9 West, and multiple pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Levine has served as a “foot expert” on several shows, including The Doctors, The Today Show, The View, 20/20, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Extra, CNN and Access Hollywood. She has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Times London, Vogue, W, Town & Country, O: The Oprah Magazine, In Style, Essence, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, USA Today, New York Post, Time Magazine, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Newsday, Marie Claire, Shape, People, Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour, Allure, Family Circle, Prevention. Dr. Levine is also the author of five books: Your Feet Don’t Have To Hurt, My Feet Are Killing Me, 50 Ways To Easy Foot Pain, Walk It Off, My Feet Are Killing Me! Dr. Levine’s Complete Foot Care Program Expanded Second Edition, and has co-authored The Botox Book and You Don’t Need Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Levine has developed a medical procedure she calls, “Pillows For Your Feet®,” which restores the lost cushioning on the bottom of the feet, and has teamed up with aesthetic medical specialist, Dr. Everett Marc Lautin, to provide a line of beauty solutions for the entire body called the Institute Beauté® and Head to Toe™ Beauty. At The Institute Beauté, Dr. Levine and Dr. Lautin are truly, “Your advocates against time.”

Contact Info

Dr. Suzanne Levine
Institute Beauté
885 Park Avenue
New York, NY
ph: 212.535.0229




I am honored to have been invited to this event. It is an indication that my work promoting podiatry has been recognized by the literary community.- Dr. Suzanne Levine

See original press release on WMBF News Here: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/25775910/dr-suzanne-levine-to-attend-10th-annual-authors-night-in-new-york

Dr. Suzanne Levine Institute Beaute, New York - Beach Magazine Modern Living The Hamptons 4th of July

Dr. Suzanne Levine of Institute Beauté, New York | Q&A with Beach Modern Luxury, The Hamptons

About This Article: Dr. Suzanne Levine of Institute Beauté, New York speaks with Beach Modern Luxury about her practice, her books, her revolutionary products, brave new world of treatments & techniques, and being voted one of America’s Top Podiatrists for the 4th of July ‘Hamptons’ issue. Transcribed from the print article.


Q:  Dr. Levine, you have been named one of America’s top Podiatrists by the Consumer’s Research Council of America – how long have you been practicing and what is most rewarding about your practice?

A: I’m a board certified podiatric surgeon on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and I’ve been in practice for over 28 years. What’s most rewarding about my practice is that I treat everyone from celebrities to the nurse who works at the hospital and is constantly on her feet. What makes my practice interesting is that these are women who are into fashion, interested in wearing attractive heels and have the same challenges as everyone else. I give them the opportunity to wear high heels with my cutting edge, futuristic treatments I consider the “brave new world” of foot care.

Q:  You are one of the most acclaimed and influential podiatrists internationally as well. What sets you apart from the rest of the crowd?

A: My patients need to work, they need to fly, they need to travel and are constantly on the go. The treatments I’ve introduced wither cut the healing time or allow my patients to avoid surgery. My number one procedure right now I call “the Lube Job” – this is for my patients whose feet and toes are in pain, whether they are wearing high heels or playing tennis, golf, etc. By injecting hyaluronic acid into the afflicted joints, I relieve the pain and it’s much easier for them to continue enjoying their activities. My goal is to have every patient feel their best and return to their favorite pair of shoes as soon as possible – even if they’re stilettos!

Q:  Tell us about your world- renowned “Pillows for Your Feet” line.

A:  That is my signature treatment! When you lose cushioning under the balls of your feet, we replace it with a biodegradable filler material. The procedure is not painful because we numb the skin first. People can exercise and wear fashionable shoes and no longer feel that burning pain on the balls of their feet. Between my Pillows For Your Feet products, Stiletto Rx Spray (which numbs your feet for those long nights in heels), and my Dr. Levine Foot Facial, I cover all aspects of foot care. I’ve developed an iPhone app to exercise the 38 muscles in your feet. It’s called the Uplift App, and it gives you certain exercises to do if you tend to cramp up a lot.

Q:  To celebrate your new book “My Feet Are Killing Me,” you are having a signing here in the Hamptons; why the Hamptons?

A: Yes! We are doing it in the Hamptons because this is the time that people are on the beach, showing their feet and we want to make them look as good as possible. Shoes are the ultimate equalizer – people will spend $4000 on a pair of shoes and not think about their feet. My job is to think in terms of foot function and then aesthetics; one of the most intriguing chapters in my book is on celebrities, who face the same problems as we do! I can tell a patient who comes in with Louboutins that she might really need Prada for a better fit but it’s not about brand, it’s all about what fits your feet and makes you feel fabulous!

Q:   What do you recommend to our readers who are out in the Hamptons now?

A: The most important thing is to use sun block when you’re exposing your feet. Flip flops are great – for the beach! Otherwise, I say “cover up”. You should really try to minimize sun exposure and look for sandals that cover your feet. Moisturize and use Dr. Levine’s Foot Facial products and treatment. My mantra is to “treat your feet as you would your face,” and our “brave new world” treatments allow my patients to put their best foot forward!


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How To HIde Spider Veins, Age Spots, Corns, Bunions & Cankles by Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Dr. Suzanne Levine – Sexier Feet In Seconds, More.com

How to hide bunions, veins and more, sans surgery – By Suzanne M Levine, M.D., Institute Beauté

Sexy, strappy heels lose their allure if they’re wrapped around feet blemished by age spots and spider veins. But it needn’t be that way. Using a touch of makeup (yes the same stuff you use on your face) can take years off—instantly! Just start by moisturizing your feet; the oils in the lotion enable makeup to go on evenly—and help it endure. Then follow these instructions from celebrity podiatrist Suzanne Levine, M.D. (For more tips from Dr. Levine, visit her blog at www.institutebeaute.com/blog)

Cover Bunions/Corns

To minimize redness on irritated bunions and corns, look for a concealer that has a greenish tint to it (green neutralizes red). Dr Levine’s favorite: Colorscience Corrector Brush SPF 20. Just sweep it over the bunion or corn using smooth, even strokes, and add extra coverage to areas that are reddest. Blend in well.

Hide Age Spots and Spider Veins

Age spots are areas of hyper-pigmentation caused by too much exposure to the sun. Spider veins are small groups of tangled blood vessels just below the surface of the skin. The blue & purple clusters of veins are often clearly visible. A concealer with a yellow tint is best for covering both. Try Colorescience Suncanny Foundation.

Slim Down Cankles

Cankles are a nickname given to fatty ankles that, lacking the tapered look around the joint of the ankle, look as though the calf and foot have fused together. To give your ankles more definition, apply Colorescience Wild To Mild Bronzer around just the base of your ankle. The dark color will create a shadow that gives the appearance of a slimmer ankle.

You can purchase all the Colorescience Mineral Makeup mentioned here by Dr. Suzanne Levineat the Institute Beauté online boutique at http://institutebeaute.com MORE readers get 15 percent off! Just enter the discount code: MORE15 at checkout.

This article appeared originally on More.com.

Dr. Suzanne Levine, New York Podiatrist - Peripheral Neuropathy Treament in New York

Dr. Suzanne Levine – Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment at Institute Beaute, New York

Severe recurrent burning pain on the soles of the feet. Insensitivity of the feet to hot or cold. Unnoticed injures on the feet. These are some of the manifestations of “peripheral neuropathy.” Peripheral neuropathy includes a very wide range of causes, manifestations, symptoms, and prognoses. Some of the more common causes are: diabetes, chemotherapy, alcoholism, and vitamin deficiencies.

At the Institute Beaute on New York City’s Park Avenue in Manhattan, Dr. Suzanne Levine, celebrated New York podiatrist, is treating more patients with this condition. Most of Dr. Levine’s patients come from the New York area, but a substantial number of patients come from around the country and the world.

The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in Dr. Levine’s patient is as a side effect of chemotherapy. The wonder drugs that keep the cancer at bay and prolong patient’s lives are not a panacea. There are many tradeoffs, and one of these is peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Suzanne Levine published a paper in, “Practical Pain Management,” showing that low power near infrared light can decrease musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Levine has adapted her signature treatment for musculoskeletal pain to help ameliorate this devastating side effect of chemotherapy. While the number of patients treated for peripheral nerve pain is not large, results have been encouraging. The treatment takes only about 15 minutes and is painless and essentially risk free. Multiple treatments may be required for maximal benefit and are usually performed a few days apart.

The treatment probably does not affect the underlying peripheral neuropathy, but decreasing the symptoms is worth the small amount of time and cost.

This procedure is not covered by insurance and Dr. Levine has provided compassionate care to patients who cannot afford treatment. Why is this simple procedure not covered by insurance is a question that warrants further examination.

As far as we know Dr. Suzanne Levine and her New York office, Institute Beaute, is the only place that provides infrared treatment for peripheral neuropathy. If her success with this treatment continues, we intend on reviewing all the cases and posting the results to make everyone aware and hopefully increasing the availability of this treatment.

If  you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Levine at Institute Beaute in New York please visit www.institutebeaute.com.

Huffington Post - Dr. Suzanne Levine

Dr. Suzanne Levine, Huffington Post – Why You Should Treat Your Feet The Way You Treat Your Face

Note About This Article from Dr. Suzanne Levine

Originally posted on Huffington Post on 6.16.14.  In it I share the health benefits of treating your feet the way you treat your face as well as 8 steps for self foot care, inspired by her Foot Facial Treatment.

It’s finally time for our tootsies to see the light after months of hibernation.

With your first pedicure of the season likely booked and your open-toed shoes poised for the occasion, your feet are ready for some serious TLC.

But Dr. Suzanne Levine, celebrity podiatrist and author of My Feet Are Killing Me,” says a pedicure here and there isn’t enough when it comes to foot care. Not only can the salon treatment be dangerous, but Levine stresses we really should be pampering our body’s foundation more often.

“People seem to neglect their feet,” Levine says, noting that the oversight is a big mistake. “From calluses to cracked skin and nail issues, there’s no other part of your anatomy that reflects age as dramatically.”

Levine has witnessed clients spend thousands of dollars on Botox, lasers and Chanel suits only to look down and spot wrinkles, bunions and fungus south of the ankles. “Beyond beauty, what’s even more important is that our feet are also often the first to show signs of more serious problems like arthritis, diabetes and vascular disease,” she adds.

So from fashion to function, Levine’s mantra is treat your feet the way you treat your face. Here’s how:

1. Soak

pedicure Levine suggests you kick things off by soaking your feet for 5-10 minutes in warm water and Epsom salt, which helps eliminate toxins in the body. Aim to soak twice a week during sandal season since your feet are exposed to so many elements this time of year.

2. Scrub

pumice stone
In addition to washing your feet from top to bottom, make sure to scrub between your toes and underneath your nails. Levine recommends keeping a pumice stone in the shower and using it at least three times a week to exfoliate the skin and combat build up. “The key is minimizing callus formation,” she says. “You’ll notice your feet will start to feel as smooth as a baby’s.”

3. Mask

lotion feet
Levine uses a clay mask every two weeks to help remove oil and impurities deep within the skin, which will leave your tootsies looking and feeling refreshed (and smelling nice). For some extra care, she steps up her routine with a full-on foot facial once a month. The procedure at her New York City office also includes a glycolic peel, microdermabrasion and a collagen-promoting copper cream.

4. Massage

massage feet
A good rubdown will “bring oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and take away wastes,” writes Levine. Massage your feet frequently — every day if you can — with motions towards the heart (the direction of circulation) and your whole body will thank you.

5. Moisturize

moisturize feet Levine swears by products that contain at least 20 percent Urea, an ingredient that penetrates the skin to keep it soft and supple. As for nails and cuticles, she opts for olive oil or almond oil for hydration. Her best advice for moisturizing is to lotion up each night, paying special attention to the heels. “Put some socks on, go to sleep and give your feet a good rub with the pumice stone in the morning,” she says.

6. Trim

trim toenails
Your toenails are arguably the main focus of your feet, so be careful when you’re clipping. “Cut them straight across and don’t cut into the sides,” urges Levine. “Otherwise, you could get painful ingrown nails.”

7. Whiten

Last season’s dark polish might have left your nails a little dull. Levine applies a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to brighten them, but if they’re really looking yellow, she breaks out a laser for professional-strength whitening.

8. Protect

sunscreen feet
Dr. Suzanne Levine‘s final tip is no joke: wear sunscreen! One of the few body parts we rarely remember to apply sunscreen, be sure to slather it on from head to toe when you go out and about this summer.

Dr. Suzanne Levine, Would You Have Foot Surgery To Wear High Heels - The London Times

Dr. Suzanne Levine, Institute Beaute | “Would You Have Surgery To Wear High Heels?” by The London Times

In this article originally published on May 17, 2014 – Suzanne Levine, DPM speaks with The London Times Magazine about the surgical and simple, non-surgical techniques and treatments she uses and has developed as an aesthetic podiatrist for her Park Avenue clients at Institute Beaute, New York.


How Cinderella surgery – from toe liposuction to sole plumping – became the latest thing in the world of nip and tuck.

At her clinic on Park Avenue in New York, podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine is explaining why increasing numbers of women are having their toes shortened or lengthened to make their feet look prettier. Let me guess. Is it because they are shallow and self-obsessed to the point of mania? Perfectionists whose narcissistic quest for beauty extends all the way down, down, down into the darkest corner of an innocent pop sock, where a deformed little morsel of flesh lurks, the sad runt of the toe litter, the final frontier in the war against imperfection? “Well, it is a brave new world at Institute Beaute . . . ”

To read more of this article by Barbara McMahon and see what New York Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine has to say on the subject, please visit this link to The London Times – http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/magazine/article4088355.ece


Choosing The Best Shoes For Your Feet with Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Choosing The Best Shoes For Your Feet – The Doctors TV Show with Dr. Suzanne Levine

Choosing The Best Shoes For Your Feet

Do you have bunions, corns or hammertoe?  Are you having trouble choosing the best shoes for your feet?   In this segment of “The Doctors”, Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine suggests the best pair of shoes for three women, who each suffer from a different foot condition (Hammertoe, Bunions, Corns).  And she gives tips for the best time to shop for shoes.

Pillows For Your Feet, Dr. Suzanne Levine - NY Times Article, Foot Surgeries So Women Can Wear Designer Shoes

Dr. Suzanne Levine – Foot Surgeries So Women Can Wear Designer Shoes, NY Times

In this article profiling the emerging popularity and exploration of women getting foot surgeries so that they can wear designer shoes the NY Times speaks with My Feet Are Killing Me author, Pillows For Your Feet inventor and Celebrity Podiatrist from New York’s Institue Beauté, Dr. Suzanne Levine. A very interesting read with comments from a variety of podiatrists who speak frankly about various methods, techniques, and procedures they have performed and, at times, invented to help individuals suffering from conditions that range from purely cosmetic, psychological, and work/related reasons. Originally published April 22nd, 2014. Written by Laren Stover.

Make Them Fit Please!

When Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a podiatrist, started Evo Advanced Foot Surgery in Beverly Hills, Calif., 13 years ago, he thought it seemed a little vain for women to ask for surgery because their feet hurt wearing fashionable shoes.

“Patients would bring in shoes they dreamed of wearing,” he said over tea recently at the St. Regis New York, where he was staying to see New York patients. “On the surface, it looked shallow. But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.”

For Dr. Sadrieh (who was wearing made-to-order Gucci brogues), foot surgery is a fusion of medicine and fairy tale. At his practice, you don’t have a bunionectomy; you have a Cinderella procedure.

“I had never met a patient who asked for a hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation,” he said. “So I decided to create a name that captures the result of the procedure, without all the Latin. The point of the Cinderella: being able to put a shoe on that didn’t fit comfortably before.”

He also has coined the Perfect 10! (aesthetic toe-shortening — once administered, he said, to a 17-year-old fashion model, so she could wear the shoes her career demanded); Model T (toe-lengthening); and Foot Tuck, a fat-pad augmentation that he said helps with high heels.

And he is not the only doctor changing the face, as it were, of foot surgery.

Dr. Neal Blitz, a podiatrist who specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures (including a Bunionplasty) at his private practice in Manhattan, and operates at Mount Sinai Hospital, calls this body part “the final frontier” for those who have had work done on their faces. “My practice has exploded because of Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Nicholas Kirkwood,” he said in a recent phone interview. “There’s nothing like opening a shoe closet that’s been closed to somebody for years.”

Perish all thought of Dr. Scholl’s or Birkenstocks in these waiting rooms. Dr. Oliver Zong, founder of NYC Footcare and self-proclaimed “originator of the foot face-lift and toe tuck,” routinely corrects such conditions as High Heel Foot (a term he coined to describe a deformed foot that’s conformed to the shape of a stiletto), and Hitchhiker’s Toe, (an abnormally large big toe that sticks out like the thumb of a hitchhiker). He recently introduced the phrase “Toebesity,” which he plans to describe on his site, where flashing text promises: “Designer feet for designer shoes.”

One designer, Cathy Hardwick, who gave Tom Ford his first assistant job, had bilateral bunion surgery from Dr. Richard Frankel, the founder of Park 56 Podiatry, in 2008. “He didn’t want to operate, it was so little,” she said of the bump. But, she added: “It was unsightly and it hurt when I wore certain shoes. A few years later he operated. My foot is perfect now. And I can wear sandals I couldn’t wear before.”

Indeed, it’s not unusual for patients to walk into Dr. Suzanne Levine’s Institute Beauté, a podiatry clinic and medical spa on Park Avenue, with a bag full of shoes they can’t wear because of bunions and hammertoes. Victorian boots, Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks are some of the examples on floor-to-ceiling glass shelves. Dr. Levine consults with patients on the designer high heels best suited to their particular feet, knowing, for example that both Prada and Michael Kors make a wider-than-average shoe last. “Some people won’t go to the beach or the pool, they’re so embarrassed about their feet,” said Dr. Suzanne Levine, who was wearing chunky-heeled Michael Kors bootees during a recent interview.

Her solutions, described in five books such as, “My Feet Are Killing Me,” include, among others, platelet-rich plasma therapy; stem-cell injections; injectable fillers for metatarsal cushioning; Botox; Dysport; Myobloc for excess sweating. She also advocates exercises for the feet.

The craziest request she’s received? “Once a patient came in asking for toe liposuction,” Dr. Levine said incredulously. And Dr. Zong said he had a patient ask to have a pinkie toe removed to fit into her shoes. Neither request was granted.

Dr. Jonathan T. Deland, chief of the foot and ankle service and attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, is opposed to even less-radical cosmetic procedures.

“The most important thing about a foot is that is doesn’t hurt you and you can function,” he said. “If we’re just talking about three-and-a-half-inch-heel stilettos that cause pain and if they wear a two-and-a-half-inch heel with no pain, then that’s probably not a good reason to do surgery.”

Dr. Deland is cautious about injections designed to pad the feet. “If there was an injection that really worked and that lasted, a lot of good doctors would be using it, because it’s a common problem,” he said. “The answer is, there is not. The patient should ask, ‘Hey, doctor, can you give me the article or the reference that shows long-term follow-up for that procedure?’ ”

But to Annette Healey, an executive vice president in retail services with CBRE, elective bunion surgery felt like a necessity. “Sneakers never worked for my career,” said Ms. Healey. She had elective bunion surgery in 2011 two days after Christmas, “while everyone was away in St. Barts,” she added, so she “could camouflage it better with Uggs.”

Her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Craig Radnay, told her that her gait had become increasingly affected by her foot issues and that she was hurting her back.

Ms. Healey said she can now walk 20 miles in fashionable boots. “If you live in New York, your feet are your wheels,” she said. Though she spends 95 percent of her time in chic flats or wedges, she also wears Prada, Manolo and Gucci heels. But there are limits. “Sadly, I will never get my foot into a Christian Louboutin,” she said.