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Botox to beat the high heel pain.

DOCTORS are using Botox injections to cure a condition known as "stilettotarsal" - caused by years of tottering in high heels.

The injury causes pain in the soft tissue on the ball of the foot, or metatarsal region, forcing fashionistas to wear flat footwear.

But the painful inflammation is now being cured by Botox injections, with the chemical used to plump up the ball of the foot.

Medics at the Birkdale Clinic, in Crosby, have seen a 20% increase in the number of women in their 40s asking for the pounds 295 procedure, known as a "foot filler", due to too many years of high heels taking their toll.

Marie Jenkins, patient coordinator at the clinic, said the procedure could become as common as breast enlargements or facelifts.

"More women are coming into the clinic to ask for foot fillers," she said.

"They are an integral part of a woman's outfit and they put up with the pain. But now they can do something about it by opting to have the extra padding."

Botox is more commonly used as a non-surgical way to treat the signs of ageing, crow's feet or other wrinkles.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2008
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