Fibromas, also known as plantar fibromatosis or Ledderhose disease, are noncancerous growths that develop in the connective tissue of the foot. While they are less common than fibroids in the uterus, fibromas in the foot can still cause discomfort and affect mobility. In this blog post, we’ll explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for fibromas in the foot.

Causes of Fibromas in the Foot:
The exact cause of fibromas in the foot is not fully understood. However, they are believed to be the result of an overgrowth of fibrous tissue in response to repeated trauma or inflammation in the foot. Factors that may contribute to the development of fibromas include:

  1. Genetics: There may be a genetic predisposition to developing fibromas, as they can run in families.
  2. Trauma: Chronic trauma or injury to the foot, such as excessive walking or running, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or participating in high-impact activities, may increase the risk of developing fibromas.
  3. Connective tissue disorders: Individuals with certain connective tissue disorders, such as Dupuytren’s contracture or Peyronie’s disease, may be more susceptible to developing fibromas in the foot.

Symptoms of Fibromas in the Foot:
Fibromas in the foot typically present as firm, nodular masses that develop on the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Common symptoms of fibromas in the foot include:

  1. Palpable lumps or nodules on the bottom of the foot, usually near the arch or heel
  2. Pain or tenderness at the site of the fibroma, especially when walking or standing for long periods
  3. Thickening of the plantar fascia
  4. Difficulty wearing shoes comfortably, especially if the fibroma is large or located in a weight-bearing area

It’s important to note that fibromas in the foot are typically benign and do not pose a risk of cancer.

Treatment Options for Fibromas in the Foot:
The treatment of fibromas in the foot depends on the size, location, and severity of symptoms. Treatment options may include:

  1. Conservative measures: In mild cases, conservative treatments such as wearing supportive shoes with cushioned insoles, custom orthotics, and physical therapy exercises to stretch and strengthen the foot muscles may help alleviate symptoms.
  2. Corticosteroid injections: Injecting corticosteroids directly into the fibroma may help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain temporarily.
  3. Radiation therapy: Low-dose radiation therapy may be used to shrink fibromas and relieve symptoms, particularly in cases where other treatments have been unsuccessful.
  4. Surgery: In severe cases where conservative treatments are ineffective, surgical removal of the fibroma may be necessary. However, surgery carries risks such as scarring, nerve damage, and recurrence of fibromas.
  5. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT): ESWT is a noninvasive treatment that uses shock waves to break down fibrous tissue and stimulate healing in the affected area.

Fibromas in the foot can cause discomfort and affect mobility, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals can manage their symptoms effectively. If you suspect you have fibromas in your foot or are experiencing symptoms such as palpable lumps, pain, or difficulty walking, it’s essential to consult with a podiatrist or healthcare provider for evaluation and personalized treatment recommendations. Early intervention can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall foot health and function.

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Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
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