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What Is Fat Pad Atrophy?

A variety of different foot conditions can potentially become more likely as an individual ages and advances through their later years in life. One of these conditions that every senior citizen ought to be aware of is known as fat pad atrophy. All individuals have fat padding that is located on the heel and ball of the foot. Due to repeated pressure and activity, this padding can be greatly reduced and thinned as one matures. It is estimated that about 30% of all Americans who have reached 60 years of age are experiencing fat pad atrophy. Fat pad atrophy can have noticeable and significant effects on an individual’s health. For example, as a result of the condition, a person can experience increased pain. If you are a senior citizen, it might be a good idea to reach out to a podiatrist and schedule an appointment today. This foot specialist can help you mitigate fat pad atrophy.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Eureka and Arcata, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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