A Closer Look At The Plantar Fat Pad In People With Diabetes

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD

At the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), we have been fascinated with a recent paper by our colleagues Hsu and co-workers from the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and National Taiwan University Hospital.

These authors suggest that the plantar fat pad -- that specialized fat that exists on the sole of every one of us -- may undergo changes in people with diabetes. To make a long story short, fewer small “microchambers” of fat make it less cushy and more susceptible to ulceration.

We invite you to give the work a read. See
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19619918?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=1

Could this paper open the door for more works in plantar fat pad augmentation?

Editor’s note: This blog has been adapted with permission. It originally appeared at www.ToeandFlow.com

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