Experimental Study Shows Potential New Approach to Foot Pain

Too much fat isn’t great for your joints. It puts added pressure on them and can create a perfect setting for pain.

Of course, that might not be the case if it’s not in your belly.


The results of a small pilot study suggest that injecting a patient’s own fat cells into the foot may help ease the excruciating pain of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common inflammatory condition that may impact more than two million Americans.

The fascia is a ligament that runs from the heel to the toe, supporting the arch of your foot. Painful plantar fasciitis has several potential triggers, including:

  • Excessive foot stretching
  • Putting too much weight on the inside of the foot
  • Weight gain
  • Overuse
  • Excess exercise
  • Tight tendons

When people have it bad, it generally causes sharp pain, like a nail or needle pushing through the heel bone. It is most common in the morning or when standing up but may subside with movement. A throbbing pain is likely to occur in the evening.

The new study involved researchers taking a small amount of abdominal, inner thigh, or love handle fat and injecting it into the bottom of the foot where the fascia connected with the heel bone.


The procedure was performed under local anesthetic, and the researchers said a notable difference in pain was observed in participants, and many were able to return to activities they had abandoned because of the pain.

Fat may offer help in this case because it can contain stem cells and growth factors that stimulate blood flow. This may then speed the healing process to help minimize pain.

It should be noted again that this was an experimental procedure, and far more work needs to be done to see if it is truly effective. You can find the study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.