Prepare yourself for a horror story that will change the way you treat your feet for the rest of eternity. Lorraine Burnett did nothing more than buy a new pair pretty shoes to wear to a Christmas party and danced the night away in them. A couple years later, she had to have her leg amputated due to the damage caused by her high heels.
Lorraine, a 37-year-old care assistant from Scotland, spent the night like any of us would — dancing with her friends until the sun came up. Her feet ached (a feeling pretty much all of us are familiar with), but she didn’t think anything of it. She figured it was just because her shoes hadn’t been broken in yet.
When she woke up the next day she noticed a big blister, so she did what she knew was best. She cleaned it and dressed it, and waited for it to get better.
It only got worse from there. It became so bad that Lorraine couldn’t walk, which prompted doctors to send her to the hospital, where a medical team got rid of the contaminated skin and tried to clean it up. But two years went by and it kept getting infected over and over again, until she was told they would have to amputate her leg or she would endure these severe infections forever.
In 2010, she agreed to have the surgery, which took five hours to complete. She had her lower left leg removed, and her life was changed forever. It’s speculated that the infections kept blistering because Lorraine had Type 2 diabetes, which prevents the blood from properly circulating to the legs and arms.
Lorraine is now living with a prosthetic leg and she’s raising funds to buy herself a more realistic-looking prosthetic. You can donate to her GoFundMe campaign here.