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Plantar fibromatosis is a benign condition characterized by the growth of fibrous nodules in the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue located along the bottom of the foot. These nodules typically develop in the arch and can vary in size, The condition progresses through three phases. In the early phase, small, painless nodules form, and in the intermediate phase, these nodules grow larger and may cause discomfort. In the late phase, the nodules become more fibrous and can lead to significant pain and difficulty walking. Symptoms include firm lumps in the arch of the foot, pain when standing or walking, and stiffness in the affected area. If you have lumps or nodules on the bottom of your foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can discuss effective treatment options with you.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact David Lambarski, DPM of Northeast Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Amsterdam and Clifton Park, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

How to Manage Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear, often due to sudden twisting, turning, or rolling of the foot. They are common in sports and activities that involve quick changes in direction. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected ankle. Severe sprains may also cause instability and a popping sensation at the time of injury. Complications can include chronic ankle pain, instability, and arthritis if not properly treated. Treatment generally involves rest, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications to help manage the pain and swelling. Targeted stretching exercises are important for restoring strength and flexibility. Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the sprain but usually takes several weeks to a few months for full strength to return. If you believe you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact David Lambarski, DPM from Northeast Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Amsterdam and Clifton Park, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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