A plantar fibroma is a benign, fibrous knot embedded in the plantar fascia, the tissue along the bottom of the foot. This condition often causes a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot, leading to discomfort or pain when walking or standing. Nonsurgical relief options for plantar fibromas focus on reducing symptoms and improving foot function. Orthotic devices such as shoe inserts can help by distributing pressure more evenly across the foot and reducing strain on the plantar fascia. Stretching exercises and massage can alleviate tension and improve flexibility in the foot. Additionally, corticosteroid injections may be administered to reduce inflammation and pain associated with the fibroma. If you have developed a knot in the arch of your foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. 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 Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Possible Complications of a Broken Ankle

A broken ankle, medically termed ankle fracture, poses significant risks and complications, particularly for active individuals and the elderly. Active individuals are often at risk due to participation in high-impact activities, while the elderly are susceptible due to factors such as decreased bone density and balance issues. One potential complication of a broken ankle is the development of osteoarthritis in the affected joint over time. This occurs due to the disruption of the joint's normal structure and function during the healing process, leading to cartilage degeneration and subsequent pain and stiffness. Elderly individuals, especially those with diabetes, are also prone to complications such as wound healing issues and infections, which can prolong recovery and increase the risk of further complications. Treatment for a broken ankle typically involves immobilization with a cast or brace and pain management. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide comprehensive care, including monitoring for complications, optimizing rehabilitation, and providing long-term management for optimal foot health.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Incorporating targeted stretches and strengthening routines into your running regimen is a good way to maintain foot health and prevent injuries. Toe stretches involve gently pulling your toes back to stretch the muscles and ligaments along the sole of your foot and toes, promoting flexibility and reducing the risk of strains or cramps during runs. Plantar fascia stretching entails leaning forward to stretch the arch of your foot, to alleviate tension in the plantar fascia, which is a common source of heel pain in runners. Ankle alphabet exercises promote mobility and range of motion in the ankle joint by tracing the alphabet with your toes, helping to reduce the risk of ankle sprains or strains. The marble pickup exercise enhances the intrinsic muscles of the foot, improving their strength and coordination to prevent common running injuries such as metatarsalgia or Morton's neuroma. Incorporating these and other exercises into your routine strengthens your feet, reduces the risk of running-related injuries, and allows you to enjoy your runs with confidence and longevity. If you are experiencing persistent discomfort or have concerns about your foot health, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

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