Dermal Fillers for Feet
Dermal fillers are predominantly used for cosmetic treatments to plump up, and give instant pain relief to the bottom of the foot. They are gels of various thicknesses which are made from hyaluronic acid(HA) or poly-L-lactic-acid. HA develops by natural means within the body, existing in the skin, joints and eyes. It is hydrophilic, which means it draws in water molecules to ‘plump’ up, cushion, and keep structures resilient and flexible. It is an organic compound which over time normally deteriorates.
The dermal fillers are very carefully administered in small amounts directly under the skin, where the padding is needed to bring back volume and cushioning. The fillers will not have an effect on the shape of the foot, but merely add additionally required cushioning. Patients who have had the procedure frequently comment; “it seems like I am walking on pillows”.
Are Dermal Fillers Safe?
Yes, it is a safe treatment carried out properly in expert hands by a physician who completely understands the physiological structures of the foot. Dermal Fillers in the foot are minimally invasive and low risk.
At The Center for Foot Care we only use FDA authorized dermal fillers. We utilize a topical local anesthetic to make the injection more comfy.
What can dermal fillers be used for in a Podiatry setting?
Cushioning – dermal fillers can work by delivering extra padding into the balls of the feet and into the heels. Dermal fillers offer a ‘plumping’ effect in the area it is administered. Some of the filler also help the body to create more of its own collagen for longer term effect.
Treatment for corns – dermal fillers may be employed to relieve pain triggered by corns. Corns are concentrated regions of very hard skin which can be the result of severe pressure to the area. Injecting the filler below the uncomfortable corn gives added cushioning, minimizing the level of pressure the area is subjected to and helping prevent the corn from coming back.
Who can benefit from dermal fillers in the feet?
- People who stand on their feet for long periods of time
- The elderly
- People who wear high heels frequently
- Anyone suffering from corns
- Runners who’s feet are impacting hard surfaces often
- Anyone with heel or foot pain may be a candidate. Contact us to see if dermal fillers are right for you.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers for foot cushioning can last around to 6 – 8 months. They will slowly break down to be naturally absorbed by the body over time. Some dermal fillers actually stimulate new collagen formation. Even as the filler breaks down, the thickness of tissue has increased. This means the effects can last a maximum of two years in the best case scenario.
Ready to See if Dermal Fillers Are Right for You?
Dr. Titko has more than 20 years of medical and surgical experience treating foot and ankle conditions. Call today and see why The Center for Foot Care is the leader in cosmetic foot care in Cincinnati!