An Alternative Solution to Lessen High-Heel Foot Pain
All month long we’ve been writing about foot pain – a subject we’re intimately familiar with here at SSPC! Recently, we looked specifically on the pain that comes from wearing high heels (“Treating High-Heel Addiction: Five Ways to Lessen Self-Inflicted Foot Pain”), and we hope many of those suggestions have worked for you.
In this blog, we’re focusing on a new, and in some circles slightly controversial procedure: Injectable foot padding. This is where an injectable substance, either fat, collagen or an hyaluronic acid, is injected in the balls and/or heels to add plumpness and cushion to the feet. This procedure is not painless, it is not cheap, and it is not for everybody.
Having said all that, for some women (men are not as prone to this problem), it is an appropriate solution when others have failed.
What is valuable to understand here is that for nearly all of us, the padding on the bottoms of our feet starts to deteriorate after the age of 40. For feet that are exposed to exceptional pressure, such as the pressure that comes from standing for long periods (like surgeons, nurses, chefs, retail associates, teachers, etc.), certain kinds of athletics, such as runners, and devoted high-heel wearers, the loss of natural padding is accelerated. In fact, even young and slender women in their 20s can start to lose their natural padding if they are die-hard high-heel wearers.
The result of losing one’s natural foot padding is pain. It’s much like walking around barefoot without the protection that shoes provide.
One solution? Injectable derma fillers in the foot.
While there are several to choose from, the filler we use most often at SSPC is the popular wrinkle filler, Restylane®. Originally developed in Sweden, the Restylane filler is a clear, non-animal-based, biodegradable gel that is composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body. Whether used on the face or the feet, Restylane lasts between six- and nine months for most patients.
Nevertheless, injectable foot padding falls under the category of an invasive procedure, and like any procedure, it carries some risk. However, our experience is the risk of complications is fairly low.
If you think you might be a candidate for injectable foot padding, please give one of our SSPC offices a ring and set up an appointment. We can help you decide the best course of action!