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Foot Botox for Sweaty Feet

Do your feet feel soggy and sloppy all the time? Does your sweat ruin your shoes? Are you afraid to wear sandals or flip-flops for fear that you’ll slip right out of them? Do you leave damp footprints when you walk barefoot? Are your feet freezing cold in the winter because they are sweating?

These are just some of the experiences of people with sweaty feet, or plantar hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, also called excessive sweating, is a medical condition that affects different body areas including the feet.

Using local injections of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) to alleviate the symptoms of hyperhidrosis is an effective treatment. Research has shown that treating excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet, and face with onabotulinumtoxinA is safe and effective. In one clinical study involving 322 patients with severe sweating, 81% of the patients receiving botulinum toxin injections achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating. And, 50% of the patients had their excessive sweating relieved for at least 201 days (nearly 7 months). (Hyperhydrosis Society).

OnabotulinumtoxinA is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected.

Using Botox Injections Effectively

Botox Injections are administered at the foot and ankle centre. They require relatively little time, and do not demand any restrictions in work or leisure activity (apart from refraining from intensive exercise or the use of a sauna on the day of the injections). 

During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox just under the skin near in the area of excessive sweating every 1 to 2 centimeters. Multiple injections are given based on the Podiatrists assessment of the area that needs to be treated. Injections into the soles of the feet may be somewhat painful. To ease discomfort, the Podiatrist may use a local anaesthetic injection prior to treatment with botox. If the Botulinum toxin injections do not cure hyperhidrosis; your symptoms will go away gradually (usually in about a week) and return gradually. Follow-up injections are required to maintain dryness. These repeat injections may be necessary at intervals varying from four and twelve months.

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