Woman undergoes Cinderella foot surgery to alter shape of her feet to wear killer heels
A woman has undergone CINDERELLA foot surgery – so she can finally wear killer heels.
Denise Maione-Schwind was left in agony even if just briefly wearing heels and would be stuck at home as she refused to wear flats on a night out.
So she decided on the revolutionary surgery – which altered the size and shape of her foot allowing her to wear heels comfortably.
The operation, which costs thousands, has seen some women have their toes shortened or their feet completely reshaped.
But Denise, from New York, USA, had a bunion on her left foot so began to investigate the surgery – known as bunionplasty – which would allow her to walk comfortably again.
The flight attendant, 35, revealed that despite the severity of the procedure she was able to walk within a week.
She said: “I realised I was no longer able to walk or dance around in heels because of my bunion and like many other women I have invested quite a lot in designer heels.
“The thought of not being able to wear heels again was daunting – as someone who loves to dance and enjoy life, flats were not an option – I was determined to dance in heels again.
“My bunionplasty was my first surgery ever and the day of the surgery I was scared.
“During the healing process I was required to wear a protective shoe was a conversation starter.
“But I never knew how many people have bunions – some bigger and more agonising than others – and unless I tell them, no-one can tell I had the surgery.”
Active Denise can now wear any pair of heels she wishes totally pain free.
And one day hopes to run the New York Marathon which would have caused her severe discomfort in the past.
Her operation was carried out by Dr Neal Blitz, a reconstructive foot surgeon based in Manhattan.
He said: “Denise, whose job has her jet setting around the world, found it increasingly difficult to wear fashionable shoes.
“She had put off the surgery for years because she couldn’t tolerate the downtime to her lifestyle and busy schedule.
“But after learning about others who have come to New York for fancy footwork, she decided to undergo Bunionplasty.
“It allowed her to almost immediately walk on the foot without the need for cast and crutches.”