A plantar fibroma is a benign growth that is accompanied by an increase in the thickness of the wide, fibrous tissue that spans the bottom of your foot. As the condition develops, small nodules can grow on the connective fibers contributing to stiffness and bending of the toes. The growths don’t always cause pain except when they press on nerves and disrupt proper nerve function.
Symptoms, causes, and risk factors for developing a plantar fibroma may include the following:
- Increased foot pain when standing, walking, and exercising—The fibroma doesn’t cause pain directly, but the nodule can press on a nerve causing pain, numbness, and tingling sensations. This becomes more pronounced when you put weight on the affected foot.
- Hereditary factors—While the precise cause of plantar fibroma is not completely understood, there must be a genetic predisposition to develop the condition since it tends to run in families.
- Foot deformity and injury—Having poorly treated arch problems such as flat feet can increase the chances of developing a plantar fibroma. Trauma to the foot can also trigger fibroma development.
Plantar fibromas can be treated by wearing properly fitted shoes with orthotic inserts that shift stress and pressure away from the affected area so healing can occur. In more severe cases, cryosurgery may be required to freeze and shrink the nodules that are causing the pain.
If you have pain in your arches, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.