I inject Botox In My Feet So I Can Totter In Louboutins Everyday
As Charlotte Glen looks nervously at a vial full of Botox, she comforts herself with the thought that she will look better after it is injected into her.
But it’s not her face that the paralysing drug is going into, it is being injected into her FEET. The self-confessed shoeaholic has paid more than £300 to have a “Loub job” — fillers and Botox injected into her feet — so she can wear her favourite designer Louboutin stilettos without feeling any pain.
Window dresser Charlotte, 28, has spent around £5,000 on 40 pairs of heels and last year injected her feet so she can spend every day and night in skyscraper stilettos.
Charlotte, of Shepherd’s Bush, West London, says:
“I have been wearing high heels since I was 12 and wouldn’t be caught dead in flat shoes. Heels make any woman look amazing and I couldn’t leave the house without wearing a pair. My shoe wardrobe ranges from three-inch High Street heels to jaw-dropping, seven-inch Louboutins. My love of shoes comes at a price — and not just the tag on the box. Wearing heels for 16 years had left my feet in agony. But now I have had the Loub job, I can wear heels of any height without feeling a thing. It’s given me unbelievable stiletto stamina.”
Charlotte, who had her feet fillers injected in November last year at a cost of £320, added:
“I’m on my feet all day at work and the foot pain had been getting almost unbearable. The balls and heels of my feet were throbbing, from the moment I put on my heels until I went to bed. Sometimes I would even wake at night with shooting pain in my feet. Massage or soaking in hot spas didn’t ease the pain. When I put my shoes on in the morning, it felt like I was being poked with nails. By the time I got home they were so sore I could see yellow marks around my ankle — it looked like the bone was protruding. Although I was in agony, I have spent a fortune on my shoes and there was no way I wasn’t going to show them off every day and night.”
Desperate for help, Charlotte found a cosmetic surgery clinic in London that offered dermal fillers and Botox jabs in the heel and ball of the foot. The fillers act as a cushioning agent under the foot, while the Botox paralyses the nerves so the feet feel no pain from rubbing shoes.
Charlotte paid for the op as an early Christmas present to herself.
“I got it done at the end of November so I could wear my highest, most spectacular heels during the Christmas festivities. It took less than half an hour to do the procedure. My feet were checked and disinfected before I had an anaesthetic rubbed on the area. Then diluted Botox was injected into the ball of each foot. After that, a dermal filler was injected into the ball and heel on each foot. It was agony because there isn’t any fat in your feet, so the needle goes straight into very sensitive areas. But I hoped that the pain was going to be worth it — and it was.”
Charlotte wore flat shoes home and was told to wait 24 hours before she tried on a pair of heels.
She was then thrilled with the result. “The heel and ball of my feet felt almost squishy and floaty when I stepped on them,” she says.
“The sensation is slightly weird and like having invisible cushions on your feet. While my feet weren’t visibly any bigger, they felt fatter and puffed up. For the first time in years, my feet didn’t hurt. They just felt numb.”
Beryl Aitkins, from surgery chain Transpire Cosmetic Clinic, reports that enquiries about foot fillers or Loub jobs at her clinics are up 30 per cent over the past year.
“Loub job requests have now surpassed bookings for lip fillers. Women aged from 18 to 60 are asking for the procedure because all women want to wear beautiful shoes. If you think of the money they spend on shoes, having a Loub job is a sound investment. Many want to emulate their favourite celebs, who wear very high heels day and night. But this can be very painful.”
Charlotte, who is 5ft 10in without heels, feels stilettos are vital to her image and her work, and says: “Now I’ve had the Loub job, it feels like I am walking on air. There is not a second of pain and I can even go out for hours wearing seven-inch heels and dance all night.
“After I had the procedure, I bought myself a £400 pair of Louboutins to celebrate. They are six inches high, and when I put my feet in them I didn’t feel a thing. I’m also learning burlesque dancing, to keep fit, and do entire routines in heels.”
Charlotte is now considering having the foot injections every six months.
“People reading this will think the procedure is vanity-based but it isn’t. I need to look great for work and I wear heels all day. If you have to wear glasses all day, but decide to get contacts so people can’t see them, it’s the same thing. Millions of women around the world, I am sure, will agree. Some people will think a Loub job is a step too far but if you want to be fashionable it’s no pain, no gain. I now have the gain but with no pain.”