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Comfortable heels

From dis – ability to capability

How can we empower people with physical, cognitive and/or sensory disability for everyday life?


you want to 

wear even if you have lost 

your fat pad’s ?


* make an outsole combined with a insole. 

what is fat pads ?

Fat pads protect fx. the feet’s bones, blood vessels and nerves. Protection by absorbing every type of activity—e.g., walking, running, playing sports and even simply standing still.

Causes of Plantar Fat Pad Atrophy (Loss of Fat Pads on Feet)

This fat will disappear if you are heavily starved (Anorexia) Or Aging (as your feet will age)

  • Age is the most common cause, as fatty tissue is reduced in the foot, like it is around the rest of the body.


  • Collapsed long bones in the balls of the feet leading to increase pressure, wearing out the fat pad over time.


  • Wearing high heels, walking barefoot or in very thinned soled shoes may initiate or exacerbate the condition.


  • Extremely high arches are increase weight goes through the balls of the feet.



  • Injury to the ball of the foot, multiple surgery incisions or fractures can lead to thinning and displacement of the fat pad.


  • Genetics are considered to be a cause behind excessive loss of fat pads on feet.


  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which causes clawing of the toes and more prominent bones in the balls of the feet.


  • There is often thinning and loss of fat pad on feet in people with diabetes especially if they have neuropathy (no feeling), which increases the risk of developing foot ulcers.


Without the fat pads we would not be able to walk on our feet properly

Treatment for Fat Pad Atrophy (Loss of Fat Pads on Feet):

  • Avoid activities that require walking on tiptoes, squatting, walking down a slope or any action that puts pressure on the balls of the feet, this includes high heel wearing.

  • Wear low heels (an inch or less) and avoid barefoot walking.

  • Switch high impact weight bearing exercise to low impact alternatives, such as cycling, swimming and pool running.

  • Supportive orthotics with a soft top cover to evenly distribute weight to the soles of the feet, and provides adequate shock absorption and comfort.

  • Soft Paddings may also be beneficial and suggested by your podiatrist.

  • Wear supportive footwear that also provides cushioning to the feet.

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