Every woman knows the pain that comes with wearing high heels for any period of time. But the female population have found a way to counteract this discomfort in the form of Botox. During the Christmas party period, botox treatments in the feet
increase by an average of 15%, according to Dr. Esho of Clinic ESHO. And, while botox in the feet can treat conditions such as Raynaud’s disease, it may not be the best long-term method of ensuring you look glam at your work’s Christmas do.

Why high heels cause foot pain

High heels put increased pressure on the metatarsalgia, otherwise known as the balls of your feet, due to the angle they force your feet to sit at. “When you walk normally, your weight is evenly distributed across your feet, but that doesn’t happen when you’re wearing high heels,” De Esho explains. Meanwhile, the Spinal Health Institute reveals that when a woman wears three-inch heels, 76% of her foot’s pressure is on the forefoot. As a result, an increasing number of women find that wearing high heels is an unbearable chore.

The science behind feet fillers

Botox for the feet or ‘Feet fillers’ as it’s better known involves a dermal filler being injected into the sole of the feet via a needle. Most cosmetic surgeons will use a filler which contains hyaluronic acid (HA). This is because HA is a naturally occurring product in the human body. As HA can take up 1,000 times its own weight in water, it creates a cushion-like effect on the bottom of the feet. This means that party-goers can don the heels all night long without feeling any pain or discomfort.

Getting back on your feet

Feet fillers come with a price tag of between £600 and £800 in the UK. Cosmetic surgeons state that the procedure is quick and simple, can be completed in just 15 minutes and that some women even choose to squeeze the procedure in during their lunch break. A local anesthetic in the filler that’s injected into your feet means you can get straight back up on your feet following the procedure and return to work without any problems. However, it’s recommended that flat shoes are worn for at least two days following the botox injections. Although, this is a small price to pay for many women as they’ll typically benefit from 6-12 months of pain-free stiletto wear.

An alternative resolution

The average women will attend three Christmas parties this festive season, according to statistics from PA Life. Therefore, it’s easy to see why so many women choose to fork out for Botox in order to look glam during the celebrations. But, it’s important to note that there are no long-term benefits of these costly feet fillers, that long-term side effects can occur, and that it is purely carried out for vanity reasons. Therefore, before rushing to get their feet injected with botox this party season, females should consider ditching their heels for a pair of on-trend flats. Alternatively, gel cushion pads which can be inserted into heels can be picked up for a few pounds and only need to be replaced every six months.

The trend for women to have botox in their feet in order to survive their Christmas party is a growing one. However, there are much more cost-effective, practical and potentially safer ways for females to enjoy the festive celebrations and still look fabulous.