When the heel gets injured, the fat pad stretches losing some of that cushion, which can make weight bearing very uncomfortable.
What causes fat pad syndrome?
Fat pad syndrome can be caused by a direct blow to the heel such as fall onto the heels or chronically from excessive heel strike with poor heel cushioning.
What are symptoms/effects of fat pad syndrome?
Symptoms of fat pad syndrome may include:
- Pain in the heel, usually on the middle of the heel which is aggravated by walking barefoot on hard surfaces like ceramic tile, concrete, hardwood floors, etc.
- A deep, dull ache that feels like a bruise.
Physiotherapy for fat pad syndrome
Physiotherapy treatment will reduce your pain and accelerate healing and cushioning of the heel so that you can get back to your hobbies much quicker and with more confidence.
An initial assessment at Core Physio will confirm a diagnosis and identify the cause of your injury.
Your physiotherapist will then develop a treatment program which may involve:
- Advice on how to modify activity
- Advice about appropriate footwear
- Taping the heel to provide pain relief and compress the soft tissue under the heel giving more protection to the bone.
- Stretching and strengthening program
Physiotherapy treatment will be tailored to your current symptoms and lifestyle to ensure you make the best progress and continue you to make long term improvements.