Fat Pad Contusion - Plano, TX
Dr. Desai is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon in Plano, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various orthopedic conditions such as Fat Pad Contusion, Claw Toe, Cavus Foot, Flat Foot, Hammer Toe etc.  

Fat Pad Contusion

Calcaneus (heel bone) is the largest bone in the foot which is responsible for bearing weight of the body.  A layer of fatty tissues that lie below the heel support the calcaneus bone.  When this layer gets damaged due to repetitive strain or injury, it leads to Fat Pad Contusion. The condition is more common in athletes who are involved in contact sports such as football, rugby, basketball etc.

Causes Of Fat Pad Contusion

  • Wearing worn-out shoes
  • Walking on uneven surfaces
  • Aging
  • Excessive weight
  • Trauma to the foot
  • Fall from a height
  • Sports injuries
  • Accidents
  • Sudden change of direction
  • Running or walking barefoot

Symptoms Of Fat Pad Contusion

  • Pain and irritation in the foot
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Inability to bear weight

Diagnosis Of Fat Pad Contusion

The doctor may conduct a thorough physical examination of the foot. He may ask the patient about his medical history and look for visible symptoms. Imaging tests such as X-rays and bone scans may be conducted to determine the underlying cause of the condition.   

Treatment For Fat Pad Contusion

  • Ice and heat treatment: Icing at frequent intervals may help to reduce swelling and discomfort. Heating pad may also be beneficial in relieving the symptoms.   
  • Rest: Sufficient rest must be provided to the affected area. Avoid activities that may exert pressure on the heel.  
  • Medications: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce discomfort. In case of severe pain, cortisone injections may be administered.   
  • Elevation: Keeping the foot elevated above the level of heart may improve circulation. This can be helpful in minimizing swelling. 
  • Compression: Wrapping the affected foot with an elastic bandage may reduce inflammation.  
  • Orthotics: The doctor may recommend wearing shoe inserts or orthotics to provide cushioning and relieve pressure from the heel. It may help to maintain stability of the foot while walking.
  • Crutches: Using crutches may provide support to the foot and alleviate pain.    

Prevention Of Fat Pad Contusion   

  • Wear shoes with effective cushioning
  • Avoid physical training on hard surfaces
  • Do proper warm-up exercises before vigorous physical activities

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Fat Pad Contusion, visit Dr. Desai. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon in Plano, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072.