Re: Heel Bursitis and Fat Pad Loss
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Posted by Annette Gernaey on February 01, 1998 at 13:14:34:
In Reply to: Re: Heel Bursitis and Fat Pad Loss posted by cindy on December 30, 1997 at 10:51:30:
I have very little fat pad on the bottom of my feet.(also called fat pad atrophy)on the heel and metatarsl region. I am literally walking on bones. I also have had plantar fasciitis and fallen transverse and longitudal arches and metatarsalgia from being a naturally thin person and years of power walking and standing on my feet long hours as a teacher. My feet are constantly painful and sore. I need the support of the stiffer orthotics but can't tolerate them or Birkenstocks because of the hard bottoms. There are some prefabricated and custom insloles and orthotics that are called "accomodative" that can be made to treat fat pad atrophy. They are usually cushy. Viscopeds ( sold on the Internet) are of viscopolymer gel and are made to treat this condition. They mimic the fat pad. Spenco also makes a good visco insole. These do not eliminate the pain
but have relieved it enough that I can do light impact arobics, walk several miles and work on my feet. I also have had some help with topical ointments like extra strenght Bengay and Capsazin. Oral nsaids were of no help. I think there might be some orthpedic shoes that could be made that might help this. Not very attractive, but better than not being able to walk.It might help to ask a podiatrist or doctor about these. I have been told that surgery to release my fascia wouldn't help. I would be glad to correspond with anyone that had this problem. You could also call me collect 715-339-4362 after 4:00 pm central time. I hope maybe I have made a few suggestions that could help someone. If anyone has anything that might help me I would love to hear from you!
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