Botox being used as treatment for foot problems.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 11:08am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:35pm

You've heard of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but how about problems with your feet? That's just what one group of doctors is doing to get patients on their feet without pain, Britney Glaser reports.

Doctors Craig Morton and Tyson Green are using Botox injections to treat a wide range of foot problems. For the feet, Dr. Green, says the muscle spasticities can cause the feet to remain contracted in a position which makes it difficult or impossible for the patient to walk comfortably. Botox weakens the targeted muscle, keeping it from contracting. Dr. Morton says by paralyzing one muscle or muscle group, the foot can relax enough to no longer overpower the surrounding muscles.

Dr. Green says many of the patients he treats in wound care have painful lesions resulting from the inability to move their feet in bed, reducing circulation and Botox has helped with this.

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