Relieving Plantar Fibroma Pain the Easy Way

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Every Thursday afternoon, multiple museums in the Houston area are open free to Houston residents—including the Health Museum. This interactive learning center teaches families about the human body in a fun, hands-on way, encouraging healthy habits and general care for your body. Our staff hopes you remember to pay attention to one topic, your feet, at the museum, and in real life—particularly if they are uncomfortable. Even technically harmless conditions like plantar fibromas can cause discomfort. Fortunately, relieving plantar fibroma pain doesn’t have to be complicated.

A plantar fibroma is a thick, fibrous bump that grows on your plantar fascia band in your sole. Pressure from your shoes against this bump can make it uncomfortable to stand or walk around. This bump does not go away on its own, either, but the right treatments can shrink the nodule and alleviate discomfort.

Relieving plantar fibroma pain conservatively is the easiest. Generally this involves reducing the pressure on the mass. Wearing the right shoes is one of the most important factors. Footwear that is narrow or has raised heels may put uncomfortable pressure on the lump. Most likely you’ll need custom orthotics to help. These inserts pad the mass and direct weight away from it. Some physical therapy solutions may benefit your feet, too, particularly if the lump accompanies a tightening or stiffening of the plantar fascia band.

Sometimes medication can help shrink the nodules. Our staff may recommend topical medication to help decrease the size of the masses, though this may not work for everyone. Direct injections of cortisone is another medicinal option. The last resort for these abnormal growths is, of course, surgery. You can have the lump on the sole of your foot carefully excised. This may be your best option if all conservative methods have failed to shrink the nodule and you’re still struggling with pain.

You shouldn’t have to give up the activities you love because of an uncomfortable lump on your foot. Let our staff help you succeed in relieving plantar fibroma pain. Just call Parker Foot & Ankle at (281) 497-2850 or use our online contact page to make an appointment at our Houston office. See how we can improve your lower limb comfort.

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