Plantar Fibroma


Plantar Fibroma is a hard non-cancerous lump or nodule that is generally located in the bottom of the foot, usually on or near the arch. These lumps or nodules may be painful when pressure is applied and if they are left untreated, several can develop over time. It is also known as Plantar Fibromatosis.

What causes Plantar Fibroma?

The cause of Plantar Fibroma is not fully understood. Some theories include genetics and past injury.

How Do I Know if I have Plantar Fibroma?

What are the symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

  • The presence of a firm lump or nodule located in the arch of the foot
  • Increased pain when walking or standing

How is Plantar Fibroma Diagnosed?

Plantar Fibroma is usually diagnosed through a physical examination from your physician or podiatrist. It is possible that a MRI of your foot may be necessary to properly diagnose Plantar Fibroma.

What Can I do from Home for Plantar Fibroma?

What can I do to prevent Plantar Fibroma?

Doctors have not yet discovered a way to prevent Plantar Fibroma. However, you can help avoid a serious case of Plantar Fibroma by seeking treatment as soon as possible should you believe you are suffering from Plantar Fibroma.

What treatments can I do from home for Plantar Fibroma?

Wear shoes or orthotics that relieve pressure from the arch of your foot.

When Should I See a Doctor for Plantar Fibroma?

You should see a doctor as soon as you suspect you have Plantar Fibroma. He or she will be able to prescribe a treatment that can get rid of the nodules

Treatments your doctor may recommend for Plantar Fibroma


Your podiatrist will be able to show you specific stretches that will help to relieve pain caused by Plantar Fibroma. Wearing comfortable shoes and orthotics will help relieve the pressure to the nodules.

Cortisone injections may be helpful at shrinking the fibroma, although the fibroma may re-occur


Surgery can be performed to remove the painful nodes from your arch. However, this option should only be considered if the non-surgical options fail due to the possibilities of fallen arches and a high re-occurance of Plantar Fibroma.