You might know that Botox is often used on the face to create a more youthful appearance, but it is also used as a treatment for managing excess sweating. For example, patients who experience excessive sweating of the feet can benefit from Botox treatments. At Vantage Foot And Ankle Center, Dr. Shelley Gath is an experienced podiatrist who provides Botox treatments for the feet.
Botox treatments involve administering injections of Botox serum directly into the feet. The Botox reduces sweating by blocking the nerves that activate the sweat glands. When the nerves are blocked, they are unable to send signals to the sweat glands to become active. The result is a significant reduction in excess sweating in the treated area.
Botox treatments for the feet can benefit individuals with certain conditions, such as hyperhidrosis, in which the sweat glands are overactive. Normally, the sweat glands become active when your body temperature rises. However, hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes the sweat glands to be active even when a person’s body temperature has not risen.
There are several benefits to getting Botox. A primary benefit is that Botox can stop excessive sweating on the feet for several months. Additional injections typically are not needed for at least another three to four months following the previous treatment. Our podiatrist can discuss how often Botox treatments might be needed to achieve maximum results.
Another benefit of treatment is that it generally takes just a few days for the Botox to begin working and reduce sweating in the feet. Most patients enjoy significantly reduced sweating within two to seven days. Complete dryness is usually achieved within two weeks. An additional benefit of Botox treatment is that it is non-surgical. Treatment is as simple as having a small needle quickly inserted into the foot.