All About Plantar Fibroma

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When you step on a pebble or a plastic building block, it hurts! You can’t wait to shift your weight to your other foot and remove the offending object. When the issue is not an external object, but a plantar fibroma, a small nodule that develops inside your foot, changing position won’t do the trick. You’ll need to see a foot doctor like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova for help.

A plantar fibroma is a small lump that develops on the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that runs the length of the sole of your foot. A plantar fibroma is a non-cancerous fibrous tumor. It is solid, unlike a cyst, which is fluid-filled. Doctors have not determined a cause for plantar fibromas, but they do know that they become more common with age and that family history is a factor.

Most plantar fibromas develop under the arch of the foot. You may be able to see it and/or feel it with your fingers. It will likely feel firm to the touch. Left untreated, plantar fibromas may grow or multiply. As they do, they will cause increasing discomfort.

If you notice any changes in the look or feel of your feet, you need to see a podiatrist for examination, diagnosis, and treatment as soon as possible. With years of training and experience, your podiatrist is a medical expert and is the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body.

If your podiatrist suspects that you have developed a plantar fibroma, she or he will order imaging tests such as an x-ray or MRI to confirm the diagnosis and determine the size and location of the tumor. If the issue is, in fact, a plantar fibroma, treatment options will include:

  • Over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and inflammation

  • Physical therapy

  • Prescription orthotics for cushioning and support

  • Injections of medication directly into the tumor

  • Surgery, but only as a last resort

If you are worried about that you have developed a plantar fibroma, or if you have any other concerns about the health and wellness of your feet, call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care

 at 443-872-7052 or click here today to schedule an appointment with Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM in our modern, comfortable Pikesville office. Our doctors will carefully examine your feet, ankles, and lower legs, and then accurately diagnose any existing or impending issues, and work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and ongoing care.