TTAC Rewind: That Famous Toe Surgeon Story

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I am not running the infamous day in the life of a toe surgeon story to ruin your weekend, I promise -- though I do caution that the pictures at the link aren't for the faint of heart. No, I am running this story because I wanted to mix it up and post a feature instead of a review or themed piece. And this is the first one I thought of.

So if you have the stomach for a deep read with some gross pictures, you can spend your Sunday being reminded NOT to put your feet on the dashboard. Personally, I find behind-the-scenes stories fascinating, especially when written by an expert, and this particular story, as gruesome as it is, is quite interesting and well done.

Give it a read here.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Feb 27, 2023

    Tim, wtf??? All feet are ugly, and that picture is definitely on the uglier side of sloped distribution of ugly feet. Was this really necessary? Blech.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Feb 27, 2023

      Clearly someone didn't click through to all the pictures.

  • Rick T. Rick T. on Feb 27, 2023

    I remember this well. I think about it every so often when I see high school kids driving around in their Jeeps with no doors and their leg hanging out on the footboard. What are their parents thinking?

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Feb 27, 2023

    It isn't unusual to loose body parts to the front windshield. It's due to the lamination. The body part strikes the inside glass which breaks. It then pushed through the layer of plastic then partially through the outside. It is all stretched out then recoils. When it recoils it tightens around the part acting like a crude guillotine. I'd say that traumatic degloving can be worse than this.