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Plantar Fibroma

Finding a new lump just about anywhere in the body can be a major cause of concern. But if one appears in the arch of your foot, you can probably relax. It’s likely a plantar fibroma, which is usually benign (meaning not cancerous). But the bad news is that it won’t go away or get smaller on its own, so it is important to seek treatment.

How Did I Get A Bump On My Foot? 

A plantar fibroma is a firm, fibrous knot that appears in the arch of the foot. It might grow over time and others may develop.

You may feel pain when walking or exercising, but that is usually caused by pressure from shoes. It is simply a fibrous nodule that forms within the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue in your foot that stretches from the heel all the way across the arch to your toes.

Plantar Fibroma Treatments 

When you come in for an appointment, we will do a thorough examination of your foot and may use an ultrasound or order a MRI to rule out any other conditions that might be causing the lump.

Plantar fibromas are typically eliminated with conservative measures such as:

  • Physical therapy,
  • Steroid injections to shrink the mass,
  • Use of orthotics to further reduce pressure on the fibroma,
  • Stretching splint and
  • Anti-inflammatory medications.

Surgical Options

Surgery may be necessary if the plantar fibroma is causing continued pain and the more conservative options are not doing the trick. Plantar fibromas will often recur, so it’s important to get regular check-ups with a podiatrist.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


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Katy Perkins

My left foot had been hurting for a while. The staff and doctors here are all quite knowledgeable and professional, as well as friendly and personable. My diagnosis was promptly made, x-ray completed right there in the office, and I left with the two braces that I needed. No waiting for the mail, trip to brace shop, nada. Most excellent clinic!

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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.