I wrote this book because too
many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Washington, PA, 15301

Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
(724) 225-9469 - fax

A lump in the sole of your foot is cause for concern

As easy as it is to blink and breathe without thinking, it is also easy to take our feet for granted until they hurt or a problem arises. It is then when we realize the crucial role they play in our daily lives. Too often, small symptoms go ignored with the thought that they mean nothing, are just part of aging, or will eventually go away. Any kind of lump or bump in your foot is cause for concern and should always be looked at. It could be serious right now or be a condition that will grow painful over time without the right treatment, as is the case with plantar fibromas.

What is a plantar fibroma?

A plantar fibroma is a nodule or tissue tumor that can develop and become embedded within the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and extends from the heel to the toes. A plantar fibroma is non-cancerous and can develop in one or both feet. It can be a single mass or a cluster of smaller masses, and often it slowly enlarges over time making it painful to walk.

Unfortunately, this condition usually does not get better without treatment. There isn’t a known cause, either, other than a possible genetic component. We have experience treating all conditions and problems of the foot and ankle and encourage you to contact us as soon as you notice any lump or bump on your foot. A quick diagnosis and the right treatment are key to keeping your feet healthy long term. To make an appointment today, please contact Dr. Philip Pinsker at (724) 225-7410.

What are the symptoms?

The most characteristic symptom is a noticeably firm lump in your arch. You may notice it anywhere along the bottom of your foot; there may be one or more on one or both feet. They are felt just under the skin and often start out painless, but as they increase in size, the pressure they put on the structure of the foot can lead to significant pain while standing or walking for long periods of time. It can become difficult to wear shoes as they push against the lump and painful to stand barefoot.

How is it treated?

There are several other conditions that can involve a mass of tissue in the foot such as a cyst, nerve tumor, fat tumor, ruptured tendon, foreign body or an infection. For this reason, we typically start the treatment process by getting an accurate diagnosis with an X-ray or MRI. The primary goal with treatment is to reduce pressure and pain on the area. Although the conservative treatment options we can provide will not make the mass disappear entirely, they can be very effective in helping to shrink the fibroma and relieve your symptoms. Dr. Philip Pinsker may use a combination or one or more of the following: steroid injections, orthotic inserts, physical therapy and cryosurgery. Traditional surgery is an option when these treatment options fail to provide adequate relief.

Your foot health is important to us and we encourage you to make the effort to contact our office as soon as a symptom such as a lump is noticed, especially if it is painful. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 today to make an appointment.