Botox & Filler for the Feet
Your feet contain 26 bones and joints that support your body’s weight and allow you to stand, balance, walk, and move. Although they are the foundation of your body, care of the feet is often overlooked compared to other parts of our body, such as our face. However, what was once “solely” meant to treat the face can now be used to treat the signs of aging feet and provide therapeutic benefits for the feet. Dermal fillers and Botox have revolutionized aesthetic medicine by providing a non-surgical alternative to face and body concerns, and this does not exclude the feet.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Several types of dermal fillers are made of different materials, such as hyaluronic acid (HA) and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). HA, dermal fillers like Juvederm have hydrating properties, whereas PLLA fillers like Sculptra work overtime to stimulate collagen production.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a toxin that blocks chemical signals from the nerves responsible for muscle contraction. Although it has been used as a “wrinkle relaxer” for years, it also has therapeutic medical benefits.
How Do Injectables Help With Podiatry Concerns?
Morton’s neuroma is a benign growth between the third and fourth toes that occurs when the foot nerves are inflamed. It can cause pain, burning, tingling, and numbness between the toes. Women who wear high heels are susceptible to developing a neuroma, also people with abnormal bone structure or foot injury.
Botox has been shown to provide therapeutic benefits such as pain relief for Morton’s neuroma with no adverse reactions. Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine which results in substantial improvement in the muscles and connective tissue spasticity, giving an analgesic effect to pain. The results of Botox can last anywhere from 3 to 4 months.
Hammertoe is when the toes have a permanent bend downward. It is usually caused by wearing high heel shoes or shoes with a narrow-toe boxer. Botox can be injected into the muscles that cause a hammertoe, allowing them to relax and decreasing the bend. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing or relaxing muscles, which may not effectively address the underlying problem in a hammertoe.
Treatment options for hammertoe typically involve non-surgical interventions such as wearing comfortable shoes with adequate toe room, using orthotic devices or inserts, toe exercises and splinting to help realign the toes. In more severe cases or when conservative measures fail, surgical correction may be necessary to straighten the affected toe joint.
Corns & Calluses
Corn is a hard, thickened skin that can happen on top, between, or at the top of the toes. A callus is similar but occurs on the big toe’s outer side, across the foot’s ball, or on the heel. These hard layers of dead skin form when the skin undergoes excessive pressure or friction.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are used underneath the corns or calluses to provide extra cushioning and reduce the pressure the area is subjected to. This also helps prevent corn or calluses from recurring. The results from Juvederm can last anywhere from 6 to 10 months, depending on the person.
High Heel Pain
Dermal fillers can be injected into the balls of the feet to protect the soft tissue nerves, bones, and joints from the repeated stress that comes from wearing high heels. Patients say this creates a pillow-like comfort for their feet in their heels.
Foot Pad Atrophy
As we age, the specialized fat pad on the bottom of our foot begins to shrink. This fat pad is important because it acts as a shock-absorbing cushion. Atrophy of this fat pad results in the development of other problems, such as neuromas and bursitis, which can make daily activities such as walking and standing painful.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be injected to replace the lost fatty padding. Since they are hydrophilic, they attract water molecules to plump and cushion the skin under the foot.
Flat feet are a condition where one or both feet have little to no arch. This causes the pads of your feet to press into the ground when you stand. This can result in various other health problems, such as back and leg pain, bunions, shin splints, and much more. Dermal fillers can be strategically injected into the bottoms of your feet to create an arch and take pressure off the fat pads.
Am I A Candidate?
If you are experiencing discomfort in your feet, you may be a candidate for Botox and/or filler treatment. During the consultation, Dr. Ellie DMSc, PA, will thoroughly assess the feet to determine which treatment will best address your concerns.