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Ledderhose disease

Ledderhose disease, also called plantar fibromatosis or Dupuytren’s of the foot, is a benign thickening of the connective tissue (fascia) in the sole of your foot.

It typically starts as a small lump, called a plantar fibroma, in the arch of your foot and may not affect your life for some time. However, as the nodule grows larger it can cause tenderness and pain, especially when standing or walking.

25% of patients with the condition exhibit symptoms in both feet.

Symptoms and causes of Ledderhose disease

Ledderhose disease usually occurs in middle-aged and older people, though it can develop in younger adults too.

Diagnosis and treatments for Ledderhose disease

Your doctor should be able to confirm a diagnosis of Ledderhose disease after physical examination of the foot, as the location and appearance of the nodules are characteristic of the condition.

Radiotherapy for Ledderhose disease

Radiotherapy, or radiation treatment, is a non-invasive procedure which uses high energy X-rays and other beams, such as electrons, to treat disease. It’s most often used in high doses to treat cancer, but it can also be used in lower doses to treat non-cancerous (benign) conditions including Ledderhose disease of the foot.