Sculptra

Cushions for Feet

What causes ball of foot pain?
tn_KArcher_Cushions_2The medical term for ball of foot pain is metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is a general diagnosis that describes this type of pain, but there are several reasons for the pain including fat pad thinning. Over time the fat pad that protects the bones at the ball of the foot thins and moves out from under the end of the foot bone(s). Therefore, the bones are no longer well padded. This can cause pain and sometimes burning during walking, especially as heel height increases.

Calluses usually develop on the soles of the feet, especially under the heels or balls of feet and are often much larger than corns.

What is the treatment for ball of foot pain?

First, other causes of metatarsalgia need to be ruled out at the time of initial visit and exam. Sculptra foot injections are placed where fat has been lost under these bones thereby restoring padding and relieving pain. The great advantage of using Sculptra over other dermal fillers is that it induces collagen to grow, and results can last for more than one year. In Sculptra candidates, 2-3 visits are usually required to achieve the desired ‘cushioned’ effect.

What can I expect after getting Sculptra injections?
Sculptra injections in the feet are well tolerated by most all patients. Patients can walk out of the office immediately after treatments. The improvement in pain that is experienced after treatment is significant, which improves physical and emotional well being.

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra FDA Approval History

FDA Approved: Yes (First approved August 3, 2004)
Brand name: Sculptra
Generic name: injectable poly-L-lactic acid
Company: Sanofi-aventis U.S.
Treatment for: Facial Lipoatrophy; Facial Wrinkles

Sculptra (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) is a dermal filler indicated for the restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with human immunodeficiency virus (2004). Sculptra Aesthetic is indicated for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles in healthy patients.(2009) Scultpra use in the foot remains an ‘off-label’ treatment. 

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