Small nodules under the skin can be painful and alarming. Plantar fibromas are small nodules, benign (non-cancerous) growths that develop on the plantar fascia, the rubber-band-like thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel bone. 

These fibromas can make it difficult to walk or can cause excruciating pain. The nodules are firm to the touch and painful when pressure is applied. 

Why do they occur?

Plantar FibromasPlantar fibromas are typically caused due to an abnormal accumulation of fibrous tissue in the plantar fascia. Diabetes can be a culprit of these stubborn nodes. Genetics and trauma to the foot can also be the cause.  Plantar fibromas can occur at any age and can range in size and create a lump in the arch of your foot. This condition can be a result of foot type or gaining some extra weight.

“Your Feet First” is the motto at Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates. So much of your health is attributed to what is going on in your feet. Finding a plantar fibroma could be early detection of diabetes or advancement of problems. 

Working with your Healthmark podiatrist, treatment depends on the size and severity of the growth as well as your medical history and symptoms.

Treatment includes:

  • Custom Orthotics
  • Physical Therapy & Stretching Techniques
  • Pain Management
  • Steroid Injections
  • Topical Medications
  • Surgery (in some cases)
  • EPAT - Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, or EPAT, is a form of extracorporeal shock wave therapy. It is an evidence-based technology platform that utilizes a unique set of acoustic pressure waves to stimulate metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate healing. It is one of the most advanced and highly effective noninvasive treatment methods cleared by the FDA. EPAT is a quick, in-office treatment. Its treatment sessions usually only take 5 – 10 minutes. However, the length can vary depending on what injury or condition of the musculoskeletal system is being treated.

Are you looking for a plantar fibroma specialist in Philadelphia?

If you are looking for plantar fibroma care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.