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Fat pad (heel) atrophy. What are the treatment options Is

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Fat pad (heel) atrophy. What are the treatment options? Is surgery a possiblility to replace the pad itself? Thank you!
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 8 years ago.
The common and most widely accepted treatment for Fat Pad heel atrophy is to use cushioned Heel cups or insoles that serve the same function as the fat pad.

This is usually sufficient. If you have already tried this and it is not helping, it may simply be due to ill fitting pads and you should go to a physiotherapist for customised heel cups.

There are also newer promising surgical techniques where materials like Collagen are injected into the area of the fat pad to replace it. This is done by plastic surgeons. If you want to go for this, you should approach a plastic surgeon.

The heel pad atrophy may or may not be related to the long distance running, the exact cause of atrophy is not known and long distance running is not considered to be a cause for this.

There is no reason why you should not be able to go for this once the condition is treated adequately.



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