Dermal Fillers…Not Just Another Pretty Face
Dermal Fillers have revolutionized the practice of aesthetic medicine, mostly for the face. Now, podiatric medicine is using them to help relieve pain in the feet, and that’s a new and exciting development in podiatry. Hard to believe? Just read on!
If you haven’t already heard of them, Dermal Fillers are injectable compounds used to fill or plump up certain areas of the body to restore lost volume. You can guess how well that works for lines and wrinkles in the face, but how exactly are they used in podiatry? Glad you asked!
Dermal Fillers are now often used to treat metatarsalgia, or pain in the under balls of the feet. This is often caused by excessive walking in high heels. We also use them to treat a loss of plantar forefoot adipose tissue. Let me explain. There’s a natural fat padding in your feet that helps cushion your weight. It tends to thin with age and can leave the bones in the balls of your feet with less protection, causing pain. Dermal fillers can plump up those areas and provide more cushioning.
If you’re experiencing discomfort and think you might need this kind of therapy, you should know that there are different kinds Dermal Fillers. As always, we give you all the facts so you can make an informed decision about your health.
Juvéderm® is a gel that’s made up of hyaluronic acid which is naturally absorbed by the body. It’s a temporary filler that forms a protective fibrous capsule and encourages a limited amount of collagen production. The effects are short lived, though, so the treatment can require multiple follow-ups.
Sculptra®, on the other hand, is a longer active injection that can actually last from 9 to 12 months. It’s made of a safe, synthetic and biocompatible material called poly-L-lactic acid that’s injected right under the surface of the skin. It increases tissue volume by stimulating fibroblasts to make collagen and elastic fibers. That’s a good thing.
So, who’s a good candidate for this procedure? Firstly, it’s ideal for people who are on their feet all day, especially in high heels. Sounds like you?
It’s also indicated for anyone with fat atrophy – or a loss of soft tissue padding on the plantar aspect of the feet. This, of course, results in pain under the balls of their feet. Of course, we’d need to examine your feet to see if this is causing your pain.
We also find that people with high arches put increased pressure underneath the ball of the foot, so they are often candidates for Dermal Fillers.
You’re probably asking, “What can I expect with a Dermal Filler procedure?” The great news is that it’s minimally invasive. We’ll use a local anesthetic to help numb the area around the injection site first. Then we’ll use a small needle to fill the atrophied area with the compound. It’s over in minutes, and you’ll walk out with a comfy surgical shoe.
Another great thing about Dermal Fillers is that your recovery time is also minimal. You’ll experience a mild to moderate soreness for just a couple of days. After that, you can get back into your heels, boots or whatever complements your outfit that day.
What’s so cool about DeLoor Podiatry is that we’re always on the cutting-edge of more effective and less invasive treatments for your foot pain – like Dermal Fillers. That puts you back into the swing of your life in no time – perhaps with a pretty pedicure but always pain free. I’m all for that!
Dr. Valeriya Anbinder