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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

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 the podiatrists of New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 office located in Milton, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 05 July 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Heel pain is a common complaint that can significantly impact daily activities. Heel pain often stems from tarsal tunnel syndrome, where the tibial nerve gets squeezed within the tight passage along the inner ankle, known as the tarsal tunnel. This compression can occur due to injury, swelling, or structural issues like flat feet. Symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome include numbness or tingling in the heel, arch, or sole of the foot. This condition can be irritated by activities that put immense pressure on the foot, such as standing or walking for prolonged periods. Treatment options for tarsal tunnel syndrome include rest, ice therapy, and in severe cases, surgery to relieve pressure on the affected nerve. If this condition is left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can worsen, leading to chronic pain and potentially affecting mobility. If you notice any signs of tarsal tunnel syndrome or heel pain, it is suggested to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact the podiatrists of New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Milton, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Dry, cracked heels can be an uncomfortable and unsightly problem, particularly in sandal and open-heel season. This condition occurs when the skin on the heels becomes excessively dry, often due to factors like prolonged standing, wearing open-backed shoes, or insufficient moisture. More severe causes can include medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid problems. Dry, cracked heels feel rough, and the skin may become thickened or develop painful fissures. To treat and prevent this issue, start by moisturizing your feet daily with a rich, emollient cream, focusing on the heel area. Exfoliate regularly with a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salts can also help soften the skin. Wearing supportive, closed-back shoes and using heel balms can prevent cracks from worsening. If you have a persistent case of cracked heels, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for treatment and tips on how to keep your feet looking their best.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact the podiatrists from New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Milton, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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