Tumor on the Foot

Although we are constantly using our feet, we occasionally sit down, take a break, and put them up to relax. During this time of relaxation is when we usually notice if something is not quite right with our feet. Sometimes you see a wound, a bruise or even a bump. It is important to get these seemingly harmless problems checked out by a podiatrist immediately to rule out a more serious disorder such as plantar fibromas.

What is plantar fibroma?

A plantar fibroma is a benign tumor that grows on the bottom of the foot and can appear in people in their 20’s-60’s. It is typically slow in growth and measures less than an inch in size. More invasive masses that grow rapidly are considered plantar fibromatosis. Both of them are benign tumors made up of cells found in ligaments of the feet.

What are symptoms of plantar fibroma?

Symptoms consist of a painful mass on the bottom of the foot. Commonly, it is found in the middle of the arch between the heel pad and the forefoot pad. The mass will cause a soft convex shape in the curve of the bottom of the foot that may be painful when weight bearing or while wearing shoes.

Cause of plantar fibromas?

The cause is currently unknown.


Fibromas that have no other accompanying symptoms may be observed by a podiatrist. Painful fibromas may be treated with an orthotic for the insole or foot pad. Surgery is done for symptomatic fibromas when conventional treatment fails to give adequate pain relief. The recurrence rate is low for fibromas and significantly higher for plantar fibromatosis. Risks of surgery include wound complications, injury to nerves, and recurrence of the fibromas. Recurrence is rare for fibromas, but more common in multiple lesions or if invasive lesions are encountered.

How long is the recovery?

Recovery may be quickened by elevation of the foot and control of swelling to help prevent blood clot formation and delayed healing of a surgical wound. In one to two months after surgery, a patient can typically return to regular shoes and unrestricted activities.

Do you suffer from a painful mass on the bottom of your foot? Is there a cluster or smaller masses that cause discomfort while wearing shoes? Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and his highly trained team can help determine whether you are suffering from plantar fibromas and create a treatment plan that is right for you. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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