Heel Pad Atrophy

Daily Health Solutions
on April 8, 2011

The problem: Heel Pad Atrophy

What it is: The thinning of the fat pad that sits under your heel bone.

Telltale symptoms: Pain in the center of your heel that doesn’t go away.

Probable cause:  Age. It’s more common in people 60 and older than in younger people.

Prevention 101: “Because it’s part of the aging process, we don’t have much control over it,” says Dr. Matzkin,

Treatment:  Silicone or gel cups placed in the heels of your shoes can relieve somest of the pressure, advises Dr. Matzkin. To ease discomfort, roll your heel back and forth over a frozen plastic water bottle.