- Damage or wasting of the fat pad under your heel makes it painful to stand or walk.
- Loss of fat pad can put more pressure on nerves and bloodvessels.
How did I get this?
- Often associated with ageing, but may also be associated with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral vascular disease, trauma and long term corticosteroid use
What can I do about it?
- Wear supportive cushioning footwear.
- Avoid going barefoot.
- Short term use of pain killers can relieve the pain.
What help can I get for this?
- A Podiatrist will provide padding, cushioning or offloading pads, and advise appropriate footwear.
- Xrays or scans may identify bony lumps or soft tissue abnormalities.
When will it get better?
- A bruised fat pad should recover in 4-6 weeks with appropriate cushioning and footwear.
- Wasting (atrophy) of the fat pad will require constant protection from footwear and padding