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This Woman's Horrifying Story Will Make You Rethink Wearing High Heels

Your cute shoes could actually be dangerous to your health.

Going out on the weekend tends to be a constant battle of practicality versus those new high heels, and if we're being honest, the cute shoes normally win. By the end of the night, however, our feet are the definite losers in the situation as we hobble home barefoot, with those painful-yet-beautiful shoes in hand. However, a 37-year-old care assistant from Scotland found out that achy feet from her five-inch heels were only the beginning of her real-life horror story.

After a fun night out with friends in 2008, dancing until the wee hours of the morning, Lorraine Burnett noticed a painful blister on her foot after wearing her new high heels all evening long. Following a week of cleaning and dressing her wound like any good caretaker would, the blister continued to get worse, becoming so bad that Lorraine couldn't walk and knew she needed to see a doctor.

She was sent home with antibiotics, but after two more years of continued infections, Lorraine had to make a decision between amputating her leg or enduring these painful infections for the rest of her life. In 2010, she finally chose to have the five-hour surgery to remove her leg, had to leave her job, and has since been learning how to live life as an amputee.

Now, nearly seven years later, all Lorraine wants for Christmas is a more realistic-looking prosthetic leg that she can feel proud to wear. (We'd recommend one of these stunners.) She has even started a GoFundMe account to help raise funds!

While it's important to note that Lorraine speculates that her Type 2 diabetes was a main culprit behind the infections, due to the improper blood circulation to the legs and arms that it can cause, it's also a reminder to listen to our bodies (and our feet!) when they are in pain. We only get one body, so let's take care of it while we can!


Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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