Santa Cruz & Monterey County Leneva® Allograft Adipose Matrix Specialist - Pacific Point Podiatry

Leneva Injection for Painful Corns, Calluses, and Fat Pad Restoration

Dr. Tea Nguyen offers a noninvasive way to treat foot pain caused by a recurring callus, metatarsalgia, and even ulcerations due to loss of fat padding. As we age, the fat pad to our feet shifts or thins down, causing increased pressure points and pain with every step we take. 

Leneva is an allograft adipose matrix derived from donated human tissue used for tissue reconstruction. This is a safe and clinically proven solution to help with foot pain without steroid injections or surgery. Leneva is also FDA approved.

Case Example

Before and After 
Leneva injection to treat a painful callus. No down time and performed in the office.

Corns & Calluses

What is the difference between a corn and callus?

These are abnormal growths on the skin usually caused by a pressure point. Typically, the growth is firm and is an extension of the top layer of skin. A corn is smaller than a callus and is seen on or in between the toes, while a callus forms on the bottom of the foot. 

What causes corns or calluses?

Corns often occur when there is a hammertoe or other toe deformity, where the toe rubs against the shoe or the next toe. The skin tries to protect itself by creating a thick layer of skin. However, when it is too thick, it is actually harming the healthy tissue underneath it. Calluses are common at the ball of the foot and have many causes, such as a tight Achilles tendon, wearing high heels, walking barefoot, dancing, unfit shoes, anatomical variations like a long second toe, bunion and many other reasons including some medical conditions. 

Why are corns and calluses painful?

When the corns and calluses get thick, the pressure is damaging the skin underneath, causing pain. 

What happens if I ignore the corn or callus?

You can experience a gradual increase in pain overtime with walking or wearing shoes. A corn or callus can damage healthy skin underneath and lead to an infection, especially if you are diabetic, have peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) or have circulation issues. You should not ignore a corn or callus. 

How can I treat corns and calluses at home?

Unless the cause of the corn and callus is addressed, they will often grow back. Home care includes gentle exfoliation during a shower using a pumice stone regularly. Do not use a razor or pull on the excess skin or if you have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) or have circulation issues. This is how infections occur. Do not use any over the counter medicated products without consulting a podiatrist. Using these products without supervision can make the issue worse. 

What other treatments are available?

The idea in treating the corn or callus is to reduce the pressure that is causing it. Choosing wider shoes, prescribed skin softeners (ex. urea, Amlactin), routine foot care, off-loading pads, and custom orthotics are usually the first line of treatment. Recent advancement in medicine has made many foot fillers, including fat allograft (Leneva), as a nonsurgical option for pain relief. Lastly, surgery may be considered in severe cases.

Dr. Tea Nguyen offers the most advanced treatments for painful corns and calluses using restorative therapies and minimally invasive surgery, with little to no down time needed.