Finding a lump on your foot can be a scary situation. You think back to all the activities you’ve done with your feet lately – did I step on it wrong? Was it the new shoes I bought? Don’t panic though! In most cases that we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers,a lump in the arch of your foot is a benign growth called plantar fibroma.
What is plantar fibroma?
A plantar fibroma is a nodule or fibrous knot which forms in the long band of tissue running along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toe, known as your plantar fascia. Currently, there’s actually no known definitive cause of plantar fibroma. What we do know though, is that it won’t disappear without treatment. In fact, an untreated plantar fibroma could grow and make walking difficult or painful.
What if I find a plantar fibroma?
It’s important to give us a call today if you find any lumps in your foot. One of our trained podiatrists will examine your foot, manipulating the affected area to determine if the growth is a plantar fibroma. If needed, an MRI or biopsy might be performed to aid in diagnosis.
How is it treated?
Your doctor will work with you to determine the best route for treatment. Depending on the fibroma’s size and location, there are many non-surgical options available.
- Steroid injections. Injecting corticosteroid medications directly into the mass could help relieve pain and shrink it. There is a chance the plantar fibroma could grow back though.
- Orthotic devices. If the fibroma is staying the same size, custom orthotic devices could help distribute your weight away from the fibroma and relieve the pain.
- Physical therapy. Pain can be managed through physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication that is not directly injected.
When would I need surgery?
Non-surgical methods only relieve pain and discomfort, but ultimately do not remove the fibroma. If the mass continues to grow or the pain increases, there will be further evaluation and surgical methods may be recommended.
If you’ve found a lump in your foot, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!