Foot Pain and Botox

Chronic heel pain is normally caused by Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a condition where the connecting tissue around the plantar fascia becomes inflamed causing pain. People who are obese or those who have an existing conditions such as flat feet or high arches are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Also people who engage in physical activities such as walking or jogging over extended periods may be more likely to develop the condition.

Generally treatment for the condition is done through either stretching exercises, the use of orthotics, taking anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections into the problem area or even surgery.  A group of researchers fromMexicohowever have shown some promising results in the use of Botulinum Toxin A, or Botox, as a potential treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Injecting steroids into the target site of a plantar fasciitis sufferer is a common form of treatment that has been used for some time.  A Percentage of those who receive this treatment though develop further complications such as rupturing tissue in and around the plantar fascia. As an alternative to steroids researchers from the University of Nuevo Leon (Mexico) used botox injected into the foot as a treatment. As botox works on the neurotransmitter acetylcholine it has the effect of weakening the muscles, relieving pressure around the plantar fascia if injected there.

The researchers set-up an experiment where a group of plantar fasciitis sufferers where split into two separate groups, one to receive the traditional steroid therapy and the other the experimental botox. The injections were followed up with a set period of exercises to help aid recovery. These exercises were the same for all participants.

Early indications during the course of the experiment showed little difference between those who had the steroid injections and those who had the botox. As the experiment went on though however those with botox began to show more improvements then their counterparts and by the end where clearly ahead in terms of recovery. The group given the botox injections were shown to have less likelihood of developing further complications over those who had the steroids.

An important observation made by the researchers noted the importance of the exercises during the recovery phase, where they suggested this paid a vital key part in recovering from plantar fasciitis.

This experiment was only a small trial with 36 participants but showed significant potential for the use of botox over the traditional steroid injections. It is important to note that significance of adequate exercising during the recovery phase. Further study could be completed in the future to include a larger base of participates which could also include participants from known risk groups to fully asses the potential of botox as an effective treatment.

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