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Plantar fasciitis tends to be the star of the show when it comes to the main causes of heel pain, but a patient might come in with foot pain and it’s not the familiar scourge we all know and love. It’s something … lumpier.
Plantar fibromatosis (which you might sometimes hear referred to as Ledderhose disease) is a condition in which one or more small masses grow in the fascia along the bottom of the foot. They usually occur in the arch, between the heel pad and the forefoot, but can also appear right behind the big toe joint.
What Does Plantar Fibromatosis Feel Like?
These lumps are not cancerous and tend to grow slowly. If you can feel the lumps, they often feel like peas.
Initially, the lumps may not cause you any problems. You might not even know you have them until they grow and consolidate to the point when they do start to cause trouble. The larger they become and the further they spread, the more likely they are to cause pain when you put pressure on them. (The bottom of the foot is a bad place to be if you want to avoid pressure.)
If you feel lumps on one foot, chances are good that you will feel them on the other. If you don’t feel them on both feet now, you may in the future.
It’s of course natural for someone to feel pain in their feet or arches and think it’s plantar fasciitis, but the bumps tell the truth of the matter.