Heel Fat Pad Atrophy: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment - Dr Foot Podiatry

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Heel Fat Pad Atrophy


Heel Fat Pad Atrophy

Heel fat pad atrophy is the gradual decrease in fat pad located in the ball or heel of the foot, making it painful to walk or stand. This increases pressure on nerves and blood vessels which can lead to inflammation and micro-tears.

How did this happen?

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease

What should I do?

  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Refrain from going barefoot
  • Pain-killers can provide temporary pain relief

What kind of help can I get?

  • Prescription Medical Insoles can be custom-made to offload the heel region
  • X-rays or ultrasound can be done to exclude other pathology

How long till it recovers?

  • It can take up to 4-6 weeks to see improvements
  • Atrophy of fat pads require constant care

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