Plantar Fibroma: A Bump in the Road to Foot Health


When you’re walking and step on a pebble or another small hard object, it hurts but it’s easy enough to take care of the problem. You just move your foot or shake out your shoe and everything’s better. But when the problem is inside your body, it’s much harder – or perhaps even impossible – to find relief. That’s what it feels like to have a plantar fibroma

There is a band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of your foot from the heel to the toes known as the plantar fascia. You may be familiar with a condition called plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of this tissue. Plantar fibromas are another painful condition that affects this part of your body. 

A plantar fibroma is a small nodule that develops on the plantar fascia. Unlike cysts, which are usually filled with fluid, fibromas are solid masses. They are fibrous and non-cancerous. Sometimes they grow larger with time, and sometimes they multiply. Even just one can cause a great deal of discomfort and difficulty when wearing shoes, standing, walking, or running. 

If you suspect that you have developed a plantar fibroma, the first step to recovery is a visit with your foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein is the best person to diagnose and treat the source of your discomfort. 

If your podiatrist determines that a plantar fibroma is, in fact, the source of your problem, she or he will have numerous treatment options available including RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), custom orthotics for cushioning and support, and surgery to take care of severe cases. 

Are you concerned about a plantar fibroma or anything else related to the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Schedule a convenient appointment with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices. Call the friendly Hartford Podiatry Group staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.