Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia

Plantar Fibroma

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Plantar Fibroma
Meet Dr. Fui Dawson

If you have noticed a knot in the arch of your foot and experienced pain on walking or with

pressure from shoes, you may have a plantar fibroma. Painful conditions of the foot and ankle

are, well, a pain. We can help. Our Atlanta podiatrist is experienced in treating all conditions of

the foot and ankle. Give us a call for an appointment. We can perform an exam and suggest a

treatment plan that brings you relief so you can get back to the things that matter.

Symptoms of Plantar Fibroma

  • Excess collagen that forms a nodule or lump in the arch of the foot.
  • Pain on standing or walking. Not everyone with plantar fibroma experiences pain.
  • The knot may remain consistently sized or grow over time.
  • Nodules may be present on one or both feet. Multiple nodules may be present.

Causes of Plantar Fibroma

Although some connection has been established between taking certain drugs (such as Dilantin)

and the occurrence of plantar fibroma, there is no definitive cause for the condition. Genetics or

trauma to the foot have also been loosely established as factors.

How we can help

Our Atlanta podiatrist will exam your foot and apply pressure to the nodule. In some cases

imaging or biopsy may be required to develop a full picture of the problem. We will also talk

with you to understand your symptoms and how they impact your activities of daily living. Our

goal is to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and work with you to develop the most appropriate

treatment plan.

Treatment options for plantar fibroma

You want to feel better fast, we can help. Options include:

  • Steroid injections – injections may help to shrink the nodule so that walking or shoe

pressure is more comfortable.

  • Gel applications
  • Inserts – padding may also relieve pressure or shift weight so that walking is more

comfortable.

  • Physical therapy
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as Aleve
  • Activity modification

These non-surgical options often bring relief. However, if discomfort persists our Atlanta

podiatrist can talk with you about surgical options. Surgery is reserved as a last resort because

the reoccurrence of plantar fibroma is common with removal only surgery. More extensive

surgery can eliminate the risk of reoccurrence but may introduce other complications such as

flattened arch or hammertoes. We will work with you to achieve the best long-term outcome

with relief of plantar fibroma. Give us a call for expertise that gets results.