The telltale sign of plantar fibroma is a lump or lumps in the arch of the foot. These are tumors that develop deep in the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs from your heel to your toes on the bottom of your foot. The good news is that these tumors are benign; the bad news is that left untreated they can lead to many painful problems in various parts of your feet as a result of pressure from the lumps as you walk. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we urge our patients to report any lumps or bumps on the feet to our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Plantar fibromas will not go away without treatment. In fact, over time they may grow or additional ones may form in one or both feet. To diagnose this condition, the foot doctor will need to examine your foot and also get a complete medical history. Imaging studies such as digital x-rays (which can be done in either our Edmond or Norman office) and in some cases MRIs will be ordered to confirm a plantar fibroma.
Treating plantar fibromas can be tricky. Nonsurgical options include orthotics, physical therapy which can help redistribute weight to decrease pressure and hence pain being caused by the fibroma. Steroid injections may shrink a fibroma temporarily but the only way to actually eliminate them is by surgical removal. Surgery has potential complications however, with a chance for nerve damage and physical deformities such as flat feet. A new development in treatment of plantar fibromas is cryosurgery which can freeze and shrinks the growth with little or no pain or complications.
Since plantar fibromas have a high rate of recurrence, it is suggested that you have regular follow up appointments with the foot doctor. If you have concerns about this condition, please contact us at: 405-285-7408.