We live in a culture of perfectionism where “Botox” and “Dermal Fillers” are household words. Traditionally, we think of Botox as a toxin that paralyzes the face muscles slightly to relax wrinkles — crow’s feet, laugh lines, you know — the usual crowd that pushes youthfulness out of the room. Yet, did you know Botox can also be used as a cure for sweaty feet?
What Causes Sweaty Shoes and Smelly Feet?
There are two main culprits behind smelly feet and shoes:
1. Bacteria build-up on the feet — living, eating, defecating, and dying.
2. Copious amounts of sweat pouring from your 250,000 foot glands, which the bacteria feeds upon.
We know, we know… it’s pretty gross! Yet, these are just the facts. To an extent, there will always be some level of bacteria and some amount of sweat on your feet. But you can control the levels by: washing your feet with antibacterial soap every day; keeping the feet as dry as possible by airing them out and wearing moisture-wicking material; and by using a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer each night to sanitize your shoes from bacteria, fungus and other microbes. Of course, if you have a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating — hyperhidrosis — then you will need to take extra steps to avoid the problem of stinky feet.
How One Model Got Rid Of Sweaty Shoes and Smelly Feet…
UK actress and model Gaynor Carrington suffered from plantar hyperhidrosis. “Having sweaty feet sounds like a relatively trivial condition,” she told the Daily Mail. “In fact, it has made me utterly miserable. By the time I was in my late 20s it was seriously affecting my career, my personal life, and even my personality. I could never relax. I always had to make sure I had baby wipes with me to wipe my feet down. And I was beginning to turn down work that involved wearing open shoes.”
In July of 2008, she underwent a series of Botox injections, which paralyzed sweat gland nerves in her feet to prevent them from releasing fluid. The doctor first conducted an iodine starch test to pinpoint areas of excessive sweating. During the hour-long procedure, a needle was inserted 1.5 mm deep into the dermis, with 30 injections spread out by 1.5 cm.
The feet feel sore the day after the procedure and there is a small risk of infection or nerve damage, the doctor told Gaynor. She says she didn’t feel much more than a little movement during the procedure, but her feet were bruised and covered in pinpricks once she regained feeling. She elevated and iced them throughout the day and took paracetamol for pain relief. Within three days, she was walking normally again.
It took about a week for the Botox to begin working and the effects lasted for three to six months, at which point the Botox was naturally absorbed and expelled from the body. Three weeks after the procedure, Gaynor was able to wear strappy sandals again for the first time in years. “It cost £350 for each foot, but I would have gladly paid ten times that to rid myself of this awful problem,” she said.
The Bottom Line:
Only three percent of the population is said to suffer from hyperhidrosis, so it is important to rule out problems like hyperthyroidism, anxiety, diabetes, menopause, or disease. Botox is one possible treatment to help you get through the day with more confidence and ease. If you choose to invest in this treatment, don’t forget to combat the other cause of smelly feet: bacteria!