What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a specialised treatment using Hyaluronic Acid that can be used to treat painful corns and calluses. Corns are areas of high pressure that develop over bony prominences and in between toes that rub together.
The filler is injected underneath a corn in order to cushion it away from a bony prominence, reducing the amount of pressure the area is subject to. This helps to cushion to take the pain away, prolonging its return and in some cases preventing the corn from returning.
If you suffer from persistent corns or areas of painful callus on your feet, we can offer Curacorn® treatment, which is an injectable, highly viscous Hyaluronic Acid that can withstand foot pressures providing up to 18 months relief.
Curacorn® dermal fillers are an established aesthetic procedure and involves a highly viscous form of Hyaluronic Acid to ‘cushion’ painful lesions, reducing pressure over the painful areas and decreasing the production of callus and corns caused by friction.
It was initially introduced in the UK to protect at risk people with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis from foot ulceration, and has been successful in providing long term comfort to people with painful lesions on any area of the toe, the ball of the foot or even the heel.
Injecting Hyaluronic Acid causes a response in the body that provokes the formation of collagen and draws fluid towards the area, which creates a comfortable, natural cushion between the bone and the skin and can last up to 18 months in the area.
Book a consultation
Book your Curacorn® consultation here. At the appointment we will take a detailed medical history, lesion history and assess your suitability for Curacorn® treatment. If suitable, we will then create a treatment plan for the procedure. Our prices start at £120.00.
What is the procedure?
A local anaesthetic is given either in the foot or in the area to be treated so that no pain is experienced when the fillers are being introduced. A Hyaluronic Acid based Dermal Filler is then injected into the site underneath the corn or callus in a procedure that can take up to 90 minutes.
The area is then dressed and padded for comfort and you will be asked to return within 48 hours for re-dressing. Over the counter pain killers can be taken post treatment as the area can be uncomfortable for several days. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance, and is therefore biocompatible with very few side effects.
What are the benefits of Dermal Fillers such as Curacorn?
There are many benefits associated with using dermal fillers as a method of pain relief in podiatry including;
- It provides an alternative to surgery and the use of medicated pain killers
- The results can be long-lasting
- It provides relief from painful symptoms and discomfort
- It increases mobility
- It improves patient mental and physical well-being
Are Dermal Fillers safe?
- Dermal fillers are safe as long as they are carried out by a fully qualified HCPC Registered Podiatrist.
- Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar that is present extensively under our skin, giving it it’s ‘plumpness’.
- Dermal Fillers are low risk and minimally invasive.
- At Walkwel we use only FDA authorised Dermal Fillers.
Who can benefit from Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers can be to provide pressure relief and reduce the levels of pain for:
- People who stand on their feet for long periods of time
- Anyone suffering from long standing painful corns
- People who often wear high heels
- Runners who’s feet are often impacting hard surfaces
Who should not have Dermal Fillers?
This treatment is not suitable for:
- Those who are on Anticoagulants
- Transplant patients
- Those suffering from Lupus
- Those suffering from Scleroderma
Are there any possible complications?
There are minimal side effects as Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies.
However the following side effects may occur post procedure:
- Fainting or reaction to the anaesthetic – this is rare, but please inform the Podiatrist if this has happened to you before.
- Post operative pain and discomfort lasting 4-7 days
- Infection to the treated area.
- Redness; swelling; and small lumps and bumps.
- Reaction to the filler – although this is very rare.