The most common complaint a podiatrist hears from patients is ball of foot pain. The balls of our feet bear the bulk of our weight. Over time, the fat padding these pressure points begins breaking down. Since there is little cushioning our feet from daily impacts, this can start causing discomfort and pain. The pain can become so severe that it can disrupt a patients’ quality of life. Standing or walking for long periods of time can become impossible without assistance. Even with assistance, the pain can linger and trigger with every step.
Wear and tear over time are not the only causes of ball of foot pain. Pressure lesions created throughout the foot and worn-down fat tissue can stem from multiple circumstances. Conditions like abnormally positioned bones, toe deformities, or symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes all play their part.
If these conditions are making daily life challenging, Leneva™ injections can help. This non-surgical treatment involves fat grafting to repair the damaged cushions of the feet. When the pressure point is treated, the area benefits from new cushioning almost immediately. Leneva’s natural product is made from sterilized fat tissue that acts as a cellular scaffolding in the affected area. This scaffold is used by your body to help naturally produce new fat cells, repairing the padding. Leneva’s cellular matrix, combined with these new fat cells, populates a stable cushion for months to years of relief.
There is a difference between temporary discomfort from strain and worn away fat padding. You will know the fat pads in your foot have worn down if:
· You have the sensation of walking on sharp or bulky rocks
· Deep calluses or corns have started forming on the heads of bones in the balls of your feet
· Your foot feels good wearing cushioned shoes or inserts, but hurts when you are barefoot
· You cannot walk barefoot across hard floors, like asphalt, concrete, or hardwood
A Leneva™ treatment may be what you need to treat your condition. Think about the following symptoms and conditions before considering a Leneva™ treatment:
· Foot pain when putting pressure on your foot
· Discomfort or pain during low or high-impact exercise
· Difficulty walking, even with cushioned inserts
· Pressure or diabetic foot ulcers
· Tunneling wounds
· Tenderness or pain from foot pad reconstruction procedures
· Corns and calluses due to worn away padding
These conditions are not to be ignored. They may seem small at first, but can grow in intensity over time. Ignoring your foot pain, or resulting corns and calluses, can damage the healthy skin beneath. If you are diabetic, suffer from nerve damage, or have circulation issues, untreated areas can become infected. When you experience pain or difficulty walking, you also leave yourself open to accidents. Think of different instances where you could be bearing weight on your foot. For example, walking, climbing stairs, or scaling a ladder all apply pressure to the feet. All these harmless activities can result in an accident if your foot pain is triggered during the right—or wrong—moment.
Your quality of life and safety should not be put to the side. Your pain should not be something you have to push through. If you have experienced any of these symptoms or conditions, talk to your podiatrist today. Leneva™ could be the right treatment for you, so you can get back to your daily routines without the discomfort. If you are in the Walnut Creek, Oakland, or East Bay areas, we can help. Contact us today at Diablo Foot + Ankle to set up your consultation and learn more about Leneva™ injections.