How Dermal Fillers Release Foot Pain
Dermal fillers have revolutionized the practice of aesthetic medicine for the face. Today, podiatric medicine is effectively using dermal fillers to relieve pain in the feet.
As we age, we actually lose the padding which cushions the bottom of our feet. It’s called fat pad atrophy, and often leads to metatarsalgia, a sharp pain in the balls of the feet. The condition can be facilitated by excessive walking in high heels. Dermal Fillers are safe, injectable compounds that can be used to fill or plump up those painful areas and provide more cushioning for the feet.
There are two basic kinds of Dermal Fillers. Juvederm is a gel that’s made up of hyaluronic acid that’s 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 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.
The great news is these procedures are minimally invasive. A local anesthetic is used to help numb the area around the injection site first. Then a small needle is used to fill the atrophied area with the compound. It’s over in minutes, and patients walk out with a surgical shoe.
Both are quick procedures that with a short recovery time, perfect for people on the go.