One of my favorite products now FDA-approved for foot and ankle pain is Leneva.
Leneva is a one-of-its-kind allograft adipose matrix injection. Simply put, people who suffer from fat pad atrophy on the bottom of their feet, as well as painful corns and calluses, now have the option of getting fat injected to help protect the skin from thickened calluses or painful pressure points.
As an all-natural extracellular matrix, Leneva is a safe, natural, off-the-shelf solution that has multiple clinical applications including, but not limited to, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, tunneling wounds, and fat pad reconstruction. Leneva is used to induce your own body to create more fat cells. Leneva adds extra cushioning in those pressure points in your foot, allowing you to return to wearing the shoes you love and enjoy the activities that make you happy, pain-free.
As we age, we lose the fat that helps protect and support our skin. This is how we get wrinkles. There are other products on the market that are injected into the face and other body parts to help fight the aging process.
When this happens in the foot, pain often develops from a lack of cushioning. The body protects the skin by developing thickened keratinized skin, often referred to as corns and calluses. While periodic shaving of these skin ailments can offer some relief, Leneva has been shown to help cushion the bottom of the foot as well as restore the person’s own fat and protect the bones.
Personally, I have several patients who had to see me almost every month for recurrent painful calluses that developed on the bottom of their feet. Now, with Leneva, these patients often do not return to the office as their natural fat pad has been restored and callus buildup is much more infrequent, if at all.
Leneva does not have any contraindications, therefore most patients are good candidates. A short educational video about Leneva can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smYxCvS_-Ko&t=12s
If you are interested in this product, please call for our office to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Daniel Popowitz, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon, specializes in all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery. Dr. Popowitz treats all types of foot and ankle conditions, both surgical and non-surgical. He has a passion for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine and trauma. He is in private practice at The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders in New York and New Jersey.