A plantar fibroma is a small growth characterized by a thickening in the fibrous arch tissue on the bottom of your foot known as the plantar fascia. As the condition worsens, additional nodules may appear on the fibrous filaments in your arch and can cause your toes to stiffen and bend. Fibromas can come and go and don’t always cause problems, but be sure to see your foot doctor for any consistent arch pain.

Some of the symptoms and causes of plantar fibroma include the following:

  • Pain and discomfort upon weight bearing—While the condition does not usually cause any pain on its own, the nerve interaction and pressure from your footwear can cause discomfort.
  • Genetic susceptibility—While the actual cause of plantar fibroma is not fully understood, it does tend to run in families so if a close relative has the condition you are more likely to develop it as well.
  • Foot fracture or another injuryAn injury to the arch from wearing poorly fitted shoes without proper orthotic inserts can also cause a fibroma to develop. People who have untreated pronation problems are more likely to suffer from fibromas, so get measured and fitted for orthotics by your foot doctor.

Treatments for plantar fibroma

Noninvasive treatments for plantar fibroma will involve resting the affected foot and the optimum placement of custom orthotic shoe inserts to shift weight and pressure away from the fibroma so it can heal.

If you are experiencing pain in your arch, see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and recommendations for treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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