Ledderhose disease (also called Plantar Fibromatosis) is a benign thickening of the connective tissue (fascia) in the sole of the foot.
Take a look at Ledderhose disease:
It typically starts as a small nodule (lump), often in the arch of the foot that can grow and become painful over time. The disease may remain stable for some time, but can grow larger and can cause tenderness and pain, especially when standing or walking. Some patients exhibit symptoms in both feet.
People experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, should book an appointment to see Dr Shaffer.
Patients with symptoms on one foot, and no evidence of Dupuytren’s disease in the hand, will need to have a scan (ultrasound or MRI) to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other conditions.
There is no single cause for Ledderhose disease. Some of the factors that make it more likely to develop are:
Treatment with radiotherapy works extremely well for Ledderhose disease, with 80% of people finding that there was significant improvement in their ability to walk and a significant reduction in the amount of pain they experience.*
In the first instance, it is worth trying general measures to reduce pain. Avoid direct pressure on the nodules by using soft inner soles, padding or even custom orthotics.
*Please note that results may vary for different people.
Benign conditions that can be treated with radiotherapy include: