Finally: A research-proven solution for common causes of foot pain.
What is fat pad atrophy, and why is it a problem?
Research shows that one third of patients aged 60 and over have pain in their foot as a result of a loss of cushion on the bottom of the foot; this number increases to 50 percent of patients over the age of 70. Fat pad atrophy can be the cause behind diagnoses like calluses, hyperkeratomas, metatarsalgia, and other types of foot pain. The condition is:
- Hereditary (runs in families)
- Progressive (will get worse over time) and
- can be degenerative (the skin can wear out and cause an ulcer in some cases if left untreated).
While there are many palliative treatments for the symptoms of fat pad atrophy, until recently there were no treatments to address the cause of the problem.
Schedule an initial consultation to learn more about how we can help treat fat pad atrophy and foot pain with Leneva® Injection Graft for Fat Pad Restoration.
Traditional therapies for the conditions associated with this problem include:
- Regularly seeing a Podiatrist for treatment
- Topical medicines to moisturize and soften the skin
- Padding and Strapping
- Custom foot orthotics
- More padded shoes
- In some patients, as a last resort, surgical therapy may be an option.
- Incisions can be long, on the bottom, and leave a visible scar.
- Patients are told they need to be non-weight bearing for weeks or months.
- The main problem is unaddressed – the fat isn’t restored or augmented, so there is an increased chance of the problem coming back.
A Reason to Act
Left untreated, research shows that the fat pad will continue to degenerate and thin, causing pain, disability, and loss of function at work and at leisure. In severe cases, it can also cause ulceration, infection, hospitalization, and set in motion a life and limb threatening cascade of events.
Leneva® Injection for Fat Pad Augmentation
Recent research has developed a new approach, with several advantages, specifically faster healing and positive, predictable outcomes:
- The injection is placed through a small incision, barely visible on the bottom of the foot.
- The entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia, resulting in a safer and quicker recovery.
- Patients can walk the day of the surgery in a well padded athletic shoe with an offloading insole.
- Most patients return to work the day following the procedure.
- Patients are generally released to work and play without restriction at 4 to 6 post injection.
- Research shows that the procedure improves function, work and leisure activities and decreases pain in patients at an average of a one-year follow up.
- Research shows a 70-77% decrease in pressure at, and adjacent to, the injection site.
- For more detail, please review Understanding Leneva: A Patient’s Guide
The bottom line: Leneva® injection graft for fat pad augmentation and restoration is the best option for most patients suffering from foot pain because of fat pad atrophy, delivers the best outcomes, in the fastest recovery, with a good cosmetic result and protecting patient’s health.
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Founded in 1917, San Mateo Podiatry Group is the San Francisco Peninsula’s Premier Foot and Ankle Specialty Practice, delivering a tradition of excellence in foot and ankle care.
Dr. Bill Metaxas and the Doctors of San Mateo Podiatry Group are Board-Certified Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeons using the latest technology, proven research, and experience to deliver great outcomes.
Our proven process delivers state-of-the-art foot and ankle care to our clients, to help them become their best selves.
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Dr. Bill Metaxas is among a select few Doctors nationwide offering Leneva® injection grafting for fat pad augmentation and restoration, coupled with our in-suite 3D CT imaging, patients receive the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plans available with modern technology.