A Hidden Fibroma Can Cause Arch Pain


If you experience a recurring, localized pain in the arch of your foot that is making it progressively harder to stand, walk, and exercise, a hidden plantar fibroma could be the problem. The plantar fascia, which is the wide band of connective tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, is a frequent location for fibromas to develop.

The growths that cause this disease are slow to develop and can be unnoticeable for years, but then can rather suddenly become problematic.

Some causes of plantar fibroma include the following:

  • You may have a genetic predisposition to developing a plantar fibroma.

  • They can become aggravated by and more noticeable after an injury.

  • Wearing tight-fitting shoes like high heels is also a risk factor.

  • Some medications may have the side effect of causing the growth of a fibroma.

A consultation with your foot doctor will help to rule out other causes of arch pain such as nerve damage, cysts, or ligament damage from plantar fasciitis.

Treatments for a plantar fibroma include the following:

  • Imaging studies—X-rays or MRI studies will help to identify the fibroma in the surrounding tissues.

  • Custom orthotic inserts—Specially-made orthotics can be used to redistribute the weight and pressure away from the fibroma.

  • Proper shoes— Wearing shoes with more toe room and a deeper heel cup will also help.

  • Cryotherapy—In difficult cases, freezing the nodules with liquid nitrogen may be required. It can be done on an outpatient basis with a minimum of postoperative problems.

If you have continuing pain in the arch of your foot, see your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.