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Who Is Prone to Developing a Plantar Fibroma?

Research has indicated there may not be an exact cause for the foot condition that is known as plantar fibromatosis. Despite this potential conclusion, there may be existing conditions which significantly contribute to developing plantar fibromatosis. The plantar fascia is found on the sole of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. An injury may cause this band of tissue to become inflamed, and small nodules may form on the plantar fascia. These are considered to be benign, but may be painful while walking or standing. Additionally, genetic factors may lead to having this condition, in addition to taking specific types of medications and supplements. Patients who have a liver disorder or diabetes may be prone to developing a plantar fibroma, possibly from the medicine that is used to treat these conditions. If you have heel or arch pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can accurately tell you if you have plantar fibromatosis, and offer you correct treatment options.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact our podiatrist of Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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