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Old 24th December 2009, 02:27 AM
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I am 73 years old and very healthy. For the past 4 or 5 years the soles of my feet have become very soft and spongy. This causes some serious problems with balance in some situations.

When I touch or rub the soles of my feet they do not feel particularly swollen or soft. It is more like the layers of skinunder the outer skin oare soft and allow shifting.

My feet do not hurt and I have what i think is normal feeling in them.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 24th December 2009, 01:42 PM
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You may be referring to plantar fat pad atrophy, which commonly affects many folks as they reach advanced age, but can also be seen in younger patients as the result of certain conditions and diseases. Efforts at replacing the fat pad have been for the most part failures and the use of cushioned padding is probably the only accommodating treatment. But I am only guessing as to a possibler diagnosis and you need to have a hands-on evaluation. Alternatively, it may be a neuropathy giving you the sensation consistent with your complaint but not actually a physically reality.
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Old 24th December 2009, 03:06 PM
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Well THAT didn't make much sense!

Did you read my message at all? My "fat pad" if that is what it is is certainly NOT atrophied. It appears that it is either too fat or too soft to allow stable footing.

Is this just a place for commercial rip-off's or is there anyone here that can offer any SENSIBLE advice?
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Old 24th December 2009, 03:55 PM
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I think the fat went to your brain, or at least what you've been using for one. Go somewhere else and PAY for the privilege of being stupid and obnoxious and not being called on it.
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Old 24th December 2009, 04:16 PM
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If getting an initial reply that was totally off the topic I requested help for and then my mentioning that it was useless was obnoxious then I am guilty.

All I am looking for is some focused direct help with this problem which is bothering me.

If you can't help then just say so...
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Old 24th December 2009, 04:32 PM
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Yes indeed . . . when someone offers a polite, good-intentioned and free/no obligation response to your question, complaining about it in the manner in which you had done DOES makes you guilt of being both stupid and obnoxious. So what part of "go somewhere else" did you not understand?
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Background: 68-year-old man, just retired. Months ago had some numbness in my right foot when I went to bed so, after much research, concluded I had Morton's Neuroma. Big toe is shorter than 2nd toe. So I've used the toe spreaders from time to time and nothing much changed. Didn't see a Doc. Then looked at the possibility of being a bad walker and thought I might supinate while walking. So recently, on my daily walks, I concentrate on landing on the ball of my foot rather than the outside edge and lo and behold the numbness is not occurring any more.
Instead, the bottom of my foot feels spongy on hard surfaces, tile, bathtub, etc. and probably is from swelling. Feels like 4th metatarsal may be swollen. Am taking antioxidants but no specific anti-inflamatories. Any ideas?

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Sorry - omitted note about also changed to all Dr. Scholls shoes immediately and I think that helped some.
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