New cosmetic surgery procedure provides comfort for high heel lovers


By Rachel George

Standing in high heel shoes for hours leaves feet aching for relief, but due to a newly popular cosmetic surgery procedure, things could quickly change.The dermal filler injection procedure has been used for years to smooth away wrinkles and enhance facial appearance.

Recently the procedure has become more popular for an entirely different area: feet.

A cosmetic surgery provider in Europe has noticed a 49 percent increase in the number of patients requesting dermal fillers for their feet to rid them of pain from standing in heels for hours on end.

As it’s a newer procedure, not much information is available about dermal filler injections for feet, but the injections seem to work the same as they do for faces.

The procedure can cost anywhere from about $250 to $350 and results last about six or seven months. It is one of the quickest and simplest cosmetic surgery procedures available, taking only 30 to 45 minutes.

The purpose of a dermal filler injection is to add volume to an area, which is how it eliminates wrinkles.

When the filler is used on the feet, an anesthetic cream is applied to the area to numb it before the filler is injected into the ball of the foot.

The fat pad provides cushion for the pressure bearing down on it and the injection adds more cushion to the area, causing the pressure from wearing heels to be better supported.

Such a simple procedure does not require any recovery time. Side effects are limited to possible redness, swelling, and bruising of the area. Risks from the injections themselves are rare and usually only occur when dealing with an inexperienced provider

Though the procedure has not become as well known in the United States, it is almost certain that the trend will spread as more people hear about it.

As a total girly-girl, I love a cute pointy-toe six-inch heel, and am both impressed and pleased that someone has come up with a way to help ease the pain.

What is worrying is that although it may stop the shoe from causing the foot to ache, the procedure doesn’t change the fact that those heels aren’t healthy for your feet.

According to the Washington Post, high heels can increase joint pressure on the knee by up to 26 percent, as well as bend toes, tighten joints, and even take one’s hips and spine out of alignment.

Yes, dermal fillers may take away the pain from pressure caused by heels, but they do nothing to help prevent or repair the damage that the structure of the shoe is causing.

These injection fillers seem to simply be a quick fix and not an actual solution to the problem. They may even allow more damage to be caused by masking the pain and making the damage seem like it isn’t as bad as it really is.

While dermal filler injections are certainly helpful, as people continue to wear heels regardless of the physical consequences, hopefully the procedure will soon advance to be able to prevent or cure the negative effects of high heels.