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Botox for your feet! Would you do it? I would.

Reviewed by Claire February 24, 2009 5 Comments

I know, it sounds crazy. Right? But I'm so jealous of those girls who can Carrie Bradshaw their way around Manhattan in the latest Louboutins — or at least anything else besides wimpy ballet flats.

I'm just shy of five foot five, and my closet is filled with beautiful, discarded heels that I have worn out once, maybe twice. I start off confidently in them skipping down stairs and corners; but by the time I'm trudging to work, by the time I'm heading home, the balls of my feet are intense, throbbing, tingling bits of pulp. And I find myself the object of many stares of either pity or contempt from other women.

Yes, I do not feel like I have reached womanhood until I can successfully wear and walk in high heels. Til then, I might as well be wearing a training bra.

I've tried Dr. Scholl's — but to no avail. So perhaps the solution for all this is a foot filler on the other side of my sole.  You got it: botox.

Not only would an injection of botox plump up the ball of my foot, and ease those inflamed nerve endings, but it would also stop them from stinking by curbing excess sweating. Not that I need that, but we all know someone who does. Sharon Stone, according to court papers from her divorce proceedings, favored this approach for her son's own smelling feet.

Botox injections in the feet are not so new. They have been used by podiatrists to help cure a condition known as "stilettotarsal," which is an injury to the soft tissue on the ball of the foot, or the matatarsal region, brought about from years of high heel hoofing.

What is new is its preventative use -- injected so that starlets and socialites can waltz the night away in the latest 8-inch craze.

Typical costs for this procedure are about $200 - $300 per foot, and will last for around six months. Would you do it? I would.

  • February 28, 2013

    by Marie

    I just wanted to comment on this just in case someone out there was seriously considering botox in there feet after reading this. Wishing that botox will make your foot pain go away is like wishing for pigs to fly. Botox causes weakness near the muscle it is injected into, this will cause your feet to atrophy which will eventually lead to more foot pain. Unfortunatly we live in a society where we are constantly looking to aggressive ways fix things that we don't like about our bodies, rather than appreciating the things that positive about ourselves.

  • February 25, 2009

    by claire

    Yeah, I see the point. Plus, in these times who has that much money to drop?

  • February 24, 2009

    by marta

    Even though the feet are a long way from the brain (even for a short person like me), I would tend to agree with Niall. It's a poison and unless I was going crazy with migraines I wouldn't go near it.

  • February 24, 2009

    by JulieK

    Yes, I'd consider it. Standing in heels is... hell. I remember wondering how the heck celebrities did it so effortlessly. Then I read about all sorts of procedures that can be performed on the soles of feet to provide "cushion." I've spent the past six years or so arranging my life thus that high heels aren't so much a part of it any longer. But they do make an ankle and leg (as well as a woman's vanity) look fabulous. =) ~jk

  • February 24, 2009

    by Niall

    I don't think anyone should seriously consider using botox for cosmetic purposes anywhere on their body, since studies have shown it can migrate into the brain. Do you really want that?

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