Foot Problems in Sclero Forums (MAIN) Posted October 9, 2008 I am not a doctor, but there is quite a bit of podiatry information online. Loss of the fat pad under the ball of the foot is actually quite a common problem in the general public and is worsened with age and particularly in women. As Celia indicates, it is important to provide some kind of cushioning, make sure you have shoes that fit well and socks that are not to loose (will move around inside the shoe) or too tight, causing the same problems as tight shoes. Gel inserts are good. I have also found that sheepskin lining helps with the overall cushion effect, not to mention keeping the Raynaud's toes at bay with their toasty warmth.