When walking or standing is extremely painful, plantar fat pad atrophy could be to blame. At Tower Wound Care Center, our doctor can address this plantar atrophy using fat grafting. Patient can visit three locations in Encino, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, CA to receive this beneficial treatment.
The feet go through a lifetime of use. In fact, in 75 years, the human foot has walked over 100,000 miles. A common issue which arises from this excessive use is atrophy of the plantar fat pad. This condition can cause a great deal of pain and even disability.
The most common factor associated with the condition is aging. As the person grows older, and has presumably walked more, the fat pad in the heel can start to break down as a result of absorbing shock over and over. Other conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, and chronic steroid use can also cause the condition. Fat pad atrophy occurs when adipose, or fat, tissue and the collagenous septae, or the elastic enclosures which hold the fat, break down.
Fat grafting is performed by harvesting fat cells through a process similar to liposuction of the patient’s abdomen or thigh. The office uses proven methods to decontaminate the fat which is obtained prior to the actual transfer. The fat will also be processed in a way to best sustain the integrity of the fat cells and even the stem cells of the fat. These fat cells are meant to increase the cushion beneath of the foot causing the discomfort, increase the absorption of shock when walking, and lessen the pressure which can relieve pain. The stem cells in the fat which is used also have the ability to release particular growth factors which can encourage new fat cell growth and better blood supply. The office works with patients to replace and augment the fat in their feet in order to help alleviate the pain of plantar fat pad atrophy. By boosting the cushion of the heel through autologous fat grafting, shock absorption in the heel when walking can be greatly improved in addition to cushioning the pressure on the foot from standing and running.
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