Diabetic patients typically suffer from foot pain and chronic foot problems because of extensive nerve damage on the base of their feet.
This damage can be irreversible, but doctors in Taiwan are claiming that Botox injections may be able to help reduce the pain and help the patient enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle.
Botulinum toxin, the same compound used to ‘freeze’ muscles in the forehead and to treat certain conditions such as excessive sweating and migraines, may now be used to treat diabetic patients who are suffering from chronic pain in their feet. TaiPei Medical University’s medical researchers have conducted several tests on 18 patients who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The participants of the study were given injections of Botox onto 12 different sites across the top of the foot.
After just twelve weeks, more than 44 percent of the subjects noticed a significant reduction in foot pain, and some were even able to sleep better after the treatment.
The results of this study were published in the Neurology research report in late April 2009, and researchers are continuing to review the many ways Botox injections can be used, beyond the anti aging treatment.
Diabetic foot pain can be prevented with regular exercise and a healthy diet. In some cases, the pain is a result of poorly supporting shoes, and inflammation of the skin. Because a diabetic patient’s skin can be weaker and prone to inflammation, extra care must be taken when performing exercises, walking and standing for long periods of time.
Botox may help to reduce the pain experienced by foot pain sufferers, because it helps to eliminate the sensations of the nerve endings that are causing the pain in the damaged areas of the feet. This does not necessarily help with the healing process, but it may improve the diabetic patient’s ability to walk and enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle.