Patient – Heel Fat Pad Atrophy


  • 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