Fat pad injections offer a minimally invasive way to counter the discomfort caused due to the loss of fat padding on your feet. These injections use first-of-its-kind human adipose tissue for tissue reconstruction. As an all-natural extracellular matrix, it is injected into the thinning fat pads in your feet.
What are Fat Pad Injections?
As you age, your fat pads lose density, and it is common to experience pain in your feet. The fat pads in your feet are basically like pillows for your feet, cushioning your feet as you walk.
For most of your life, you are probably unaware of this cushioning that works to keep you comfortable. However, as the fat pads dissipate, your feet can start to hurt when you stand on them and walk.
The pain associated with diminishing fat pads is often compared to walking on pebbles. Thinning fat pads can cause calluses and corns to develop as your body tries to compensate for the extra pressure on certain parts of your feet.
Fat pad injection fillers are recommended for individuals with:
- Fat pad loss
- Pressure points
- Corns and calluses
What causes Fat Pad Loss?
As you get older, the distribution of fat in your body changes. This includes a thinning of the fat deposits in your feet. The fat pads in your feet are designed to absorb the pressure and weight applied to your foot as you walk. Other factors that can cause thinning of fat pads in your feet include:
- Improper footwear
- High-impact activities
- Prolonged standing on hard surfaces
- Excessive mechanical stress and pressure on the balls of your feet
As the fat decreases, simple activities like walking can cause discomfort and pain due to the lack of cushioning around the bones in your feet. You are also likely to notice wrinkles on your feet.
What are the symptoms of Fat Pad Loss?
Fat pad loss under your forefoot and heel can make it feel like you are walking on pebbles with each step you take. This is usually accompanied by extreme forefoot pain.
Additionally, you may be unable to walk around barefoot on hard surfaces. Other symptoms can include the appearance of recurring calluses, open blisters, and wounds on your feet.
Fat pad injections, such as Leneva® injections, can help relieve these symptoms by helping your body grow back the fat in your feet.
What are Fat Pad Injections?
Fat pad fillers contain donated human adipose tissue. The injection is dense and long-lasting and can make you feel like you are walking on clouds.
Leneva®, a type of fat pad injection, is an allograft adipose matrix made from donated human tissue and used to help reconstruct tissue in your body. It is an all-natural extracellular matrix and is an FDA-approved way to help with foot pain without needing surgery.
What can Fat Pad Injections treat?
Fat pad injections can be used to treat a few different conditions, including:
- Corns and Callouses
- Fat Pad Atrophy
- Pressure ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
How does the Fat Pad Injection process work?
The doctor will closely examine your feet on the day of your treatment. They will mark the areas on your feet where there are boney prominences or where excess pressure is being applied.
Those areas will then be numbed, and the doctor will mark a more precise location for the injection on your skin. Finally, the injection is administered. The whole process happens really quickly and is a nearly painless procedure.
Over the next one to two weeks, you will notice a plumping effect in your feet. The filler will attract water, and your tissue will regenerate, creating new fat pads on your feet.
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