Regenerative Medicine: Fat Pad Injection Therapy

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  • What is Fat Pad Injection Therapy Targeted delivery of sterilized adipose tissue into abnormal fatty cushioning in the foot 
  • How Sterilized adipose tissue is injected into the affected area.
  • Why  To alleviate pain and discomfort associated with fat pad atrophy or chronic wounds
  • Symptoms  Temporary localized injection discomfort
  • Recommended For   Individuals experiencing pain from loss of fat pad or chronic nonhealing wounds
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Fat pad atrophy in the foot is a condition characterized by the degeneration or thinning of the natural fat cushioning located beneath the heel or the ball of the foot. This fatty tissue, known as the fat pad, serves as a shock absorber and protector for the foot during weight-bearing activities. When it atrophies or diminishes, often due to factors like aging, repetitive high-impact activities, or improper footwear, it can lead to increased discomfort, pain, and reduced shock absorption in the affected area, making walking and standing more challenging. Fat pad foot injections can help with fat pad atrophy by delivering anti-inflammatory medications directly to the affected area. This treatment reduces inflammation, alleviates pain, and can improve shock absorption in the foot, allowing individuals to regain comfort and mobility in their daily activities. In certain cases, your medical professional may recommend Leneva Injections. To learn more about Leneva Injections, continue reading. 

Why Fat Pad Injection Therapy

Receiving fat pad foot injections for fat pad atrophy is recommended primarily because they offer targeted relief for individuals suffering from the discomfort and pain associated with this condition. Fat pad atrophy can significantly impact one’s quality of life, making walking and standing painful and limiting mobility. These injections directly address the root cause of the problem by reducing inflammation in the affected fat pad and reintroducing a fat pad cushion to walk on, thereby alleviating pain and discomfort. This localized treatment approach is minimally invasive, avoids the need for more aggressive procedures in many cases, and can provide effective relief, enabling individuals to regain their mobility, maintain their daily routines, and improve their overall well-being. Additionally, these injections can be used to help fill the void within a chronic non healing foot ulcer with associated tunneling. However, the decision to undergo such injections should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider who can assess the individual’s specific condition and recommend the most appropriate course of treatment.

Adipose Injections 

Leneva adipose injections are a natural and quick treatment option for patients struggling with Fat Pad Atrophy. This treatment works to directly repair damaged cushions in the feet.  These injection cushions are collagen-dense fats that pad the feet, protecting the nerves and bones as one walks, stands, or runs. Leneva is an all-natural injectable product made from donated, sterilized human fat tissue. The donated tissue acts as a “scaffold” at the injection site. Once this product is injected into the foot’s subcutaneous layer, the body uses this scaffold to produce new fat cells. This in-turn repairs and rebuilds the damaged fat padding/cushion. 

This treatment takes place in the office with your podiatrist. The physician will apply a small amount of local anesthesia to numb the treatment area for injection. Once the foot has been numbed, the adipose tissue will be injected into the ball of foot or heel. After the injection is given, you can return home with the doctor’s post-treatment instructions, which may include the use of a walking boot. Patients can return to daily life with minimal downtime or irritation. This injection provides an instant fat cushion to the treated area, providing support that can be felt immediately! Leneva injections provide a solution to Fat Pad Atrophy without steroid injections and to potentially avoid surgery. 

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