A recurring, localized pain in the arch of your foot that makes it harder to stand, walk, and exercise could be caused by a hidden plantar fibroma growth in the plantar fascia (the tissue that forms your arch). A fibroma is a benign growth that progresses slowly, and it may not cause any pain or discomfort at first.
What are some of the reasons for developing a plantar fibroma?
- The tendency to develop a plantar fibroma may be inherited, but it usually needs to be exacerbated by other problems before it becomes noticeable.
- A fibroma can become aggravated and inflamed due to an injury to the bottom of the foot.
- Tight-fitting shoes like high heels that squeeze the foot can cause the condition.
- Certain medications may produce a fibroma as a side effect.
Some of the treatments for a plantar fibroma may include the following:
- Imaging studies may be necessary—X-rays or MRI studies will help to definitively rule out or adequately identify the fibroma in the surrounding tissues.
- Properly fitted footwear with custom orthotic inserts—Wearing shoes with a wide toe box and using specially formed orthotic shoe inserts will redistribute the weight and pressure away from the fibroma while it heals.
- Cryotherapy—Freezing the nodules with liquid nitrogen may be necessary in severe cases on an outpatient basis. A recovery period will be required.
Arch pain can have many causes, including plantar fasciitis, nerve damage, and cysts. If you have continuing pain in your arches, see your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.