A teenager underwent foot surgery so she could squeeze into designer shoes.
Hannah Bailey has apparently admitted lying to doctors to qualify for a £5000 operation on the NHS so she could squeeze into some fancy foot clobber.
And the Daily Mail reports that since undergoing the surgery, which was taxpayer-funded, she has spent around £9000 on designer shoes, including her favourite Jimmy Choo heels.
Bailey was referred for foot re-shaping surgery after telling her GP she was in excruciating pain.
However, she was actually just frustrated that her “wide and ugly” feet prevented her from wearing the latest fashions, the Daily Mail reported.
She could only have one foot treated at a time, so her right foot went under the knife. The procedure involved breaking it in four places, cutting her tendons and ligaments and stapling two-inch screws to her bones.
Bailey, who is now 23, said: “I knew the only way to get something done was to say my feet were really bad. I had to exaggerate the pain I was in.”
She says she has had n issue with her feet, which she described as “disgusting” since she was 13 and had seen her doctor about it more than 20 times.
She said: “Because my feet were so wide, wearing heels gave me excruciating pain.
“When I wore trainers it was fine, but as soon as I put any pressure on the balls of my feet, the pain was too much.”
After discovering that re-shaping surgery was available on the NHS for patients in serious pain, she visited her GP who asked her to rate her pain on a scale of one-to-10.
“I wasn’t in any pain because I was wearing trainers but I said a seven or eight,” she told the Daily Mail.
She chose to have the surgery on her right foot because it was the wider of the two.
Bailey underwent the surgery at Kingston Hospital in Surrey on February 2008 when she was 20 years old.
Despite experiencing unbearable pain after the surgery, from which her foot remained swollen for two years, Bailey is now angling for surgery on her left foot.
She said: “I don’t feel guilty about getting my feet done on the NHS. My foot still hurts every now and then, I get shooting pains and sometimes swelling, but it’s been worth it. Now, I’m happy with my feet and I only wear designer shoes.”
Foot operations are usually only carried out to alleviate pain and deformities.