We receive many calls from people who have Fat Pad Atrophy or loss of the fat cushioning in the balls of the feet. Now we can say: Yes, we can help you.
Many patients have come to use suffering from fat pad atrophy. In the past, we had no treatment for them. Now we have an excellent option: Lipostem. Lipostem is the painless injection of your own micronized fat into your fat pad done under ultrasound guidance.
What Is Fat Pad Atrophy And How Do People Get It?
You may lose the fat pads on the balls of your feet with age. In many cases, the loss is due to the result of cortisone injections. Many people suffering with Morton’s neuroma foot pain or Metatarsalgia will get cortisone injections for temporary relief of pain. However, these corticosteroid injections risk resulting in fat pad atrophy. That’s because cortisone interferes with the body’s natural healing processes resulting in tissue breakdown. Fat pad atrophy is fat tissue breakdown that does not repair or reverse with time. This results in foot bones that are closer to the floor, not as protected and in more pain. Until now, we had nothing to offer.
We now have a regenerative medicine solution to build up your fat pads in the balls of your feet: Micronized fat
Recent studies show that taking a small amount of your own fat taken from an area, like the buttock or thigh, and putting it back into the ball of your foot can have a long term, positive effect to repair the fat atrophy and restore comfort and function. You don’t need to suffer any longer.
It is a simple, non-surgical, painless one-time office visit with our team at The Center for Morton’s Neuroma
We first examine and evaluate your feet and confirm the diagnosis and make sure that you are a suitable candidate. We then do a mini liposuction taking a very small amount of your own fat from your buttocks or abdomen in a painless procedure under local anesthesia. We then process your fat here on site. Once we have the fat processed we inject the fat into your fad pad area under ultrasound guidance. The whole process takes about 1-2 hours.
Recovery can take a week and we recommend you then ease back into your routine but avoid long walks and runs (and anything that creates excessive foot pad pressure) for 4 weeks.
After many years, we are happy to say “Yes” when asked about helping people with fat pad atrophy.
As with any medical procedure, newer or older, there is no guarantee, but we stand ready to build on recent medical studies that show positive impact for those suffering with fat pad atrophy.