Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia) Treatment
What is a Ball of Foot Pain?
Over time the fat pad at the ball of the foot thins and shifts so the foot bones are no longer well padded. This can cause pain, sometimes burning, during walking especially as heel height increases. The same dermal filler that is used in the face to fill deep lines and make us look younger can also make our feet feel younger. Sculptra is placed were fat has been lost under the bones in the balls of the feet thereby restoring padding and allowing women wear their high heels again. The great advantage of using Sculptra over other dermal fillers is that it causes the skin to thicken by building collagen so it effects are longer lasting (usually up to 1 year). Sculptra, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is an FDA approved injectable dermal filler used by many cosmetic surgeons to restore lost facial volume, thereby creating a younger appearance. The FDA has NOT granted approval for use in the foot, and it is used as an ‘off-label’ treatment.
What is the diagnosis and treatment?
Sculptra implantable cushions for feet are not covered by insurance since they are characterized as cosmetic procedure. The injection(s) are performed during an office visit. The costs of treatment can vary from about $650 to $3,500 depending on the volume of filler needed. The average cost is about $650-$1,300 per foot.