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Pain From Heel Fat Pad Atrophy

If you find it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time due to persistent heel pain, it could be caused by heel fat pad syndrome, also known as fat pad atrophy. This condition results from changes in the elasticity and thickness of the heel fat pad over time, often due to wear and tear on the fatty tissues and muscle fibers. Fat pad atrophy in the heels mimics symptoms of plantar fasciitis but has its own distinct causes and symptoms. Risk factors include overuse, wearing improper footwear, gait imbalances, and certain medical conditions like diabetes or arthritis. Symptoms typically include deep, bruise-like pain in the middle of the heel, increased by weight-bearing activities or walking on hard surfaces. A podiatrist can conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the cause and severity of the condition. Relief options may involve activity modification, custom insoles, and home exercise programs aimed at improving foot biomechanics and muscle control. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for guidance on correct treatment methods.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Peter Siroka, DPM of Connecticut. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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