How Much Do You Know About Plantar Fibroma?

When it comes to foot health, cysts are a common issue. Many people come to see Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos because they have noticed a previously undiscovered bump or lump somewhere on their foot or ankle. This can be startling, but they are often nothing to worry about. One such instance is called a ganglion cyst, a benign, fluid-filled pocket between muscle and skin. Another is a plantar fibroma.

A plantar fibroma is a hard cyst that develops, usually on the sole and often in the arch. It is typically located deep in the plantar fascia, the soft tissue that runs the length of the bottom of the foot from the heel to toes. Because of its location and because a plantar fibroma is filled with thick, fibrous tissue, one of the first symptoms is a sensation like there is a stone in your shoe causing discomfort when standing or walking. In time, you may experience a limited range of motion or more severe pain.

Of course, these symptoms can point to a variety of issues. Any time you notice a change in your feet or are in pain, you should call your podiatrist. S/he is a medical specialist, and the best-qualified doctor to help you.

If, after a careful examination that might include imaging tests such as x-rays or an MRI, your foot doctor determines that you have a plantar fibroma, treatment options might include:

Do your feet hurt, or do you have a concern about their overall wellness? A visit to your podiatrist is the first step on the road to feeling good. Schedule a convenient appointment in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert: Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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