Property manager Victoria Curthoys (29) from Perth, Australia, received an unwanted infection in her big toe after treading on glass, resulting in doctors amputating half of her toe to kill the infection.
Four years later, while on holiday in Thailand in 2010, Victoria used one of the ever-popular fish spas whereby small freshwater fish feed off and remove the foot's dead skin. The treatment gave Victoria another infection to the bone of her big toe with a water-born bug only found in Thailand, which had seeped through her prior surgery wounds.
Upon returning to Perth, Victoria was forced to see doctors after the infection left her with fevers and sickness. Despite her declining state of health, it took doctors over a year to diagnose the disease as Schwelmenella, an infection which eats away at the bone, eventually forcing doctors to amputate the entire big toe in December 2012.
After the initial infection was removed through amputation, the pressure of walking on her smaller toes left Victoria with rough calluses and further infections, eventually leading to Victoria's other four toes being removed over the course of the next five years.
Victoria said "I also warn people about the dangers of fish spas by discouraging them from using one if I can because we have no idea who those fish have bitten previously. By taking photos of my feet and posting them on Instagram I hope to build more confidence in myself and to have a positive impact on others who might not be happy with how their foot or leg looks after amputation."