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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 18, 2019

A condition that we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care find that many of our patients are unfamiliar with is a plantar fibroma. Below are some facts and how to treat this disorder.

FACT: A plantar fibroma is a lump in the arch of your foot. It is a fibrous, nonmalignant tumor which grows in the plantar fascia, the long ligament that runs the length of the bottom of your foot.

FACT: The cause of plantar fibromas is unknown.

FACT: Plantar fibromas will not usually go away or shrink without treatment. They can occur in one or both feet, and multiple fibromas may develop.

FACT: There are other possible causes of lumps in the arch, and for that reason, it’s essential that you make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah can examine your foot and make the appropriate diagnosis. The foot doctor may order an MRI or a biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of plantar fibroma and rule out other possible problems.

FACT: Conservative treatment options are available at reducing pain from the fibroma, but they cannot remove them. These measures include:

  • Orthotic devices for your shoes designed to shift your weight away from the fibroma and relieve pressure to the arch
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections into the fibroma. These may reduce the size of the mass temporarily.

FACT: Surgical options are available to remove the fibroma, but some have undesirable side effects, such as nerve damage or a flattening of the arch of the foot. A newer option is cryosurgery which attempts to shrink the fibroma by freezing it.

If you have discovered a lump in the arch of your foot and suspect you may have a plantar fibroma, contact us today by calling: 732-662-3050.