Pain in the ball of the foot, also called metatarsalgia is caused by chronic weight and pressure on the bottom of the ball of the foot area. This pressure causes pain and discomfort. Women who wear high heels as well as athletes and runners are most susceptible to this condition. The normal fat pads that we have under the ball of the foot can become inflamed, atrophied and sore. With time as we age these natural pads do wear out as well. High heels and the extra pressure on the ball of the feet can push these natural fat pads out of position also, and the proper cushioning system of the foot is compromised. This condition can be quite painful, debilitating and chronic.
Dermal Fillers are a cross linked form of Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies. It is a sugar molecule in actuality. This molecule has gel like properties that act as a cushion. Our bodies break down and replace Hyaluronic Acid everyday. Collagen is made up of mostly Hyaluronic Acid and this is found in the plantar fat pads in the ball of the foot. Plantar refers to the bottom of the feet.
As we age the volume of Hyaluronic Acid in our tissues is also lost. Collagen enhancing fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm and Restalyn can proved an immediate effect of volume enhancement in the fat pads under the feet. These fillers are also typically used in the face for cosmetic purposes to combat the signs of aging.
When used in the bottom of the foot these injectables provide extra cushioning by "plumping" up the ball of the foot that gets undue pressure in high heels.
Dr. William Levine has been performing this procedure for many years with great results. His patients enjoy the benefits of the new found cushioning that the procedure provides. There dermal fillers are injected combined with a local anesthetic. There is minor discomfort with the injection as a skin numbing gel is first applied. There is only mild discomfort after the procedure. The benefits are nearly instantaneous with a noticeable increase in the foot's natural cushioning Most patients come back a few times a year for the injections.
These dermal fillers have been found to be very safe and effective. The fillers protect the underlying bone, nerves and joints of the feet from further damage. Most times the use of the fillers by Dr William Levine helps to avoid the need for surgery. Dr. Levine is honored to be one of the few Podiatrists in the New York area to offer this procedure and considers it a wonderful addition to the list of conservative treatment options available. Safe, comfortable, with minimal downtime and no bandages,it is a very attractive way to go. Dr. Levine also makes house calls from Sands Point to New York City. Please call Dr Levine at 646-401-4134 for more information.See full article here