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I know you’re thinking is this an actual thing? Yes it is! But I’m sure that unless you or someone that you know has this disease you didn’t even know it existed! So what is this disease? It is a rare disorder where the patient develops fibrous nodules or lumps of hard tissue on the bottom of their feet. These tissue lumps develop along the tendons of the muscles of the foot and can affect the function of these muscles. They normally appear on the inside part of the bottom of the foot and are usually not painful! The only pain that comes from this condition is when the bump rubs against your shoe or the floor.

This disease is very rare so the exact cause is still unknown but some risk factors have been identified. Some of these risk factors include a family history of the disease, diabetes mellitus, Peyronies disease and it is more frequent in males. It is thought that there may also be a link between alcoholism, smoking, liver and thyroid problems, however these causes haven’t been 100% proven yet.

The exact cause is unknown but some podiatrist think that these bumps develop from tears in the plantar fascia, and the bumps form while the fascia is trying to heal. The only way to diagnose this disease is to see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. If you think you may have this disease it is important to go see a doctor and get it diagnosed! After a diagnosis has been made your doctor will recommend some different things to treat it. If the nodules are caught early it will be recommended that you wear soft shoes with good support to prevent friction of the nodules to keep them from growing anymore. In severe cases surgery may be done, however surgery is very difficult because the bumps tend to be close to or on tendons and nerves which makes them difficult to remove. But after they are removed they normally don’t reappear unless the bump wasn’t completely removed. Sometimes cortisone injections are used to delay the growth of the bumps, which has been shown to help quite a bit. The treatment required depends on how early the disease is caught and how early the bumps are caught so don’t hesitate to go see your podiatrist!

By Nrupa Shah

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