FOR many women, the spate of Christmas parties this weekend means the return of an annual dilemma: wear unflattering flat shoes, or dance the night away in stilettos and suffer crippling pain afterwards?

But an increasing number of partygoers have found a drastic solution — having a combination of Botox and dermal fillers injected into the balls of their feet, which is claimed to make high stilettos as comfortable as flats.

Once the preserve of celebrities wanting to sashay effortlessly down the red carpet, the procedure is soaring in popularity among professional women who want to wear smart heels to work, but still feel comfortable in the evening when they go out with friends or colleagues.

And the festive season means an annual rush of requests for the treatment, known as a ‘stiletto lift’.