fat pad atrophy

fat pad atrophy

Orthopedics Subcutaneous atrophy, which primarily affects the elderly, characterized by soft flattened heel pads, which may allow palpation of calcaneal tubercles; nonradiating pain 'maxes' at the center of weight-bearing part of the heel pad Management Viscoelastic heel pad, not surgery. See Heel pad.
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"Fat pad atrophy is another common finding, and causes the fatty areas that normally cushion the ball of the foot and the heel to become thin.
Fat pad atrophy under the metatarsal heads or heels is also common, and can cause the feeling of walking "on bones." This can occur when the fatty areas that cushion the bottom of the feet become thin and provide less support.
Other complications, such as fat pad atrophy, rarely occur.
(1,5,8) Heel fat pad atrophy or hypertrophy can change the stiffness and elasticity of the structure and affect the pad's function as a shock absorber.
Injection technique may affect the incidence of fat pad atrophy. A medial approach, taking care not to inject the fat pad, may have a lower risk than a plantar approach directly through the heel pad.
When discussing the potential risks and benefits with the patient prior to injecting corticosteroids for plantar fasciitis, one would be remiss not to mention the possibility of fat pad atrophy. Unfortunately, there is no literature available to give a patient an exact percentage or relative risk.
The Silipos[R] soft, All Gel Metatarsal Pad helps to relieve the pain of fat pad atrophy, metatarsalgia and Morton's neuroma.
Fat pad atrophy under the metatarsal heads or heels is another common finding, causing a feeling of walking 'on the bones' which can be very painful." This occurs when the fatty areas that normally cushion the bottom of the feet become thin and provide less support.