Plantar Fibroma

A plantar (referring to the bottom of the foot) fibroma is commonly found along the plantar fascia band. It can present as a solitary or multiple nodules and though medically referred to as a tumour, it is NON-cancerous. Plantar fibromas are generally slow-growing lesions that are typically asymptomatic. Most nodules cause pain because they may compress underlying soft tissue while standing and ambulating. The cause of fibromas is not known, but it is thought that trauma plays a role in its formation. Treatment for these nodules can be difficult and frustrating due to their high recurrence rate. Generally speaking small nodules or asymptomatic nodules should be conservatively managed with steroid injections, orthotics with appropriate padding or with the use of transdermal medication. Large or painful nodules generally require a surgical intervention.


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