This in office procedure performed by Dr. Lopez will replace the lost or diminished fat pads in your feet which are a major cause of pain and discomfort.
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This unique in office procedure combines both dermal fillers ( the type used for lip and cheek bone augmentation) as well as the patient's own fat to replenish and restore their diminished fat pads. The hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers not only replaces lost fat volume but promotes your own bodies natural collagen synthesis. This collagen framework combined with the volume replacement provided by the patient's own fat cells creates a full long lasting plantar pad. Depending on the amount of atrophy (fat loss), a small amount of the patient's own fat will be taken from the inner thigh, processed, and injected in combination with dermal fillers. Ultrasound guidance is utilized to ensure safe and even distribution of the volume mixture. In total this procedure takes approximately 45 minutes and is done under local anesthesia. There is little to no pain associated with this treatment. Patients can walk out of the office in normal shoes and resume their daily activities immediately afterwards.
Anyone who wears heels for an extended period of time can attest to the pain they experience in the bottom or ball of their foot. In many cases this symptom is associated with a condition known as fat pad atrophy. The cushion or pad beneath the ball of the foot is made up of 3 distinct fat pads, which combined is known as the plantar fat pad. Over time, these fat pads can progressively thin (atrophy) due to prolonged pressures, usually associated with certain types of shoes such as high heels. The increased pressure on the pads created by these types of shoes can cause progressive degeneration of the fat cells and thinning of the very important fat pads. Patients experiencing this will often times complain of throbbing, aching, or soreness in the ball of their foot, which gets worse with prolonged walking or standing.
If you are having foot pain while wearing high heels, consider the Pump Pads™ procedure to replenish and restore your fat pads and keep you in the shoes you love. Walking in style no longer has to mean walking in pain!