How often do you examine your feet? For most people, the answer is rarely or never. Yet, this simple act can save you from the progression of painful foot conditions such as a plantar fibroma. This benign knot found on the bottom of the foot rarely goes away without treatment, and needs to be examined. Some people don’t experience pain, which makes finding the nodule through self-exam very important.
This type of fibroma is found in the foot’s arch along the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. It is unclear as to what causes the formation of this knot, but a fibroma can occur on one or both of the feet. Finding a lump on the bottom of the foot may be the only indication that there is an issue. For people who experience pain, it is typically because their footwear is rubbing against it. Other people have discomfort when they walk or are barefoot. The fibroma may grow in size, and multiple lumps can appear.
Painful plantar fibromas can be surgically removed. It is important to note that these growths can recur, and surgery may flatten the arch or the foot, or lead to hammertoes. For these reasons, non-surgical means of treatment are often recommended. These can include orthotics that will redistribute weight across the foot, physical therapy, and/or injections of steroids to help reduce the size and for pain relief.
Have you discovered a lump on the bottom of your foot? Call Podiatrist Robert Parker’s office today to schedule an appointment. Don’t delay. Intervention can provide relief of pain and peace of mind. Call (281) 497-2850, or schedule an appointment online.