'I hate my long toes so I'm having them shortened'
'Some patients come through with short toes that they would like lengthened, or they want to have their 'toe cascades' [the curve at the end of the foot, from the big toe down to the little toe] improved, so that when they wear strappy sandals their toes don't look out of place,' says Nigel Mercer, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
Indeed, with shoe fashions becoming ever more extreme - designer Christian Louboutin yesterday announced his plans to produce a pair of 8in tall stilettos, claimed to be the highest heels in mainstream fashion, while Victoria Beckham was seen wearing another eye-watering pair of heels; 5in Louboutin studded ankle-strap creations - operations to counteract their effects, or at least prepare the wearer for them, are gathering a following.
For Khadisha, her surgery was a combination of both. Having been a high-heel addict from the age of 17, her feet were suffering increasingly from blisters and corns.
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'I just love high heels, it's as simple as that. But at the end of every day my feet would be in agony and my toes on fire. I'll never forget the night I went out dancing with my friends in my strappy pink heels from the High Street shoe store, Faith. After a couple of hours, I couldn't walk and spent the rest of the night sitting watching my friends have fun.
'My GP told me I had to wear trainers or flat shoes, but I was never going to listen to that. Instead, I looked for other solutions.
'I spent £200 on plasters, pads and even got a cream sent over from the U.S. But my corns resisted. I even tried cutting one off with a razor blade but the pain was unbearable and I had to stop.'
It was then that Khadisha started thinking about the possibility of cosmetic surgery - and after visiting the Premier Foot & Ankle Centre, in London, decided to combine her corn surgery with shortening her toes.Read more