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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 15, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Orthotics   plantar fibroma  

One day as you’re drying your feet after a shower you notice a little lump in the arch area of your foot. It doesn’t hurt and so you put off dealing with it. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want patients to know that lumps and bumps in your feet are not normal and should not be ignored! There are several possible sources of a lump in the bottom of your foot, including:

  • Nerve or fat tumor

  • Cyst

  • Ruptured tendon

  • Foreign body in the foot

  • Infection

Another possibility is a plantar fibroma, a nodule or tissue tumor that develops and becomes embedded in the plantar fascia, the long band of ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes.

What is a Plantar Fibroma?

Plantar fibroma can be a single mass or several smaller ones. It is non-cancerous and can form in one or both feet. Doctors aren’t really sure what causes a plantar fibroma, but it’s thought that it may be genetic. Plantar fibromas will usually grow larger over time and the pressure on the foot from daily activities will cause pain and make shoe fitting difficult.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your foot and take a complete medical history. Imaging tools such as x-rays and an MRI may be used to get a more complete picture of what is going on inside your foot. Once a diagnosis of plantar fibroma is confirmed, the foot doctor will decide on the right treatment for you with goal of reducing pain and pressure to the area. Conservative treatment methods include:

  • Steroid injections

  • Orthotic inserts

  • Physical Therapy

If these do not provide relief, cryosurgery or traditional surgery may be required.

As with most podiatric conditions, it’s important to catch plantar fibroma in its early stages to ensure the best possible treatment outcome. If you have found a lump in your foot (whether it’s painful or not), make an appointment to be seen at our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.