The Surprising Plantar Fasciitis Treatment You Probably Haven’t Heard About
By Robert Annis February 19, 2019
Last fall, I got to chatting with Peter McAllister, M.D., neurologist and Chief Medical Officer of the New England Institute for Clinical Research, when the talk turned to toxins—botulism toxin, to be exact, or better known as Botox.
Commonly thought of as a way for the Real Housewives of Anywhere to claw back the hands of time, Botox is actually FDA-approved for a variety of other, more serious medical maladies, including limb spasticity after stroke, overactive muscle disorders, excessive sweating, and chronic migraines. For the last several years, McAllister, one of the world’s leading authorities on Botox’s therapeutic uses, has been using it to treat one of runners’ most common complaints, plantar fasciitis.
Just as Botox is used to temporarily smooth out wrinkles (injected underneath the skin, it paralyzes the muscles allowing them to relax), it can also relieve the pain and pressure on the inflamed ligament that runs underneath your foot. McAllister says he’s treated about 150 plantar fasciitis patients with promising results.