Fat Pad Atrophy can occur in the metatarsal area of the foot or heel. It is the thinning or decreased size of the fat pad that serves as a natural cushion for the foot. Feet with little or no fat pad at the bottom will experience more pain.
RECOMMENDATIONS: It is important to wear shoes all the time. Walking barefoot will be painful and damaging to the foot. Shoes with extra padding are recommended. When occurring in the heel, heel pads or cushions should be inserted in the shoe to protect the heel from heel strikes and skeletal reverberations. When occuring in the forefoot, padded insoles can help cushion tender areas of the foot.