Anybody else with Plantar fibromas?

  1. I have a name for the little lumps in the arch of both feet that are making my life miserable. The doc says they are called Plantar fibromas. Being on a first name basis with them does nothing for the pain.

    Does anyone else have them, and if so what do you do to keep going? Is there a successful treatment. The doc is talking about surgery and being off my feet for six weeks per foot. From what I have seen on the web, the surgery often causes multiples to grow back.

    There has to be some solution to this.

    I am in my next to last semester of nursing school. I am scared to death that I won't be able to work as a nurse if I can't get this under control.
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  3. by   joe2.0
    I have Plantar Fascitis, not the same as fibromas but still painful. I have to be careful about my job choices also, too much floor time and I'm down for 2-3 days with foot pain. I have orthopedic inserts and orthopedic shoes, they help but I still have to be careful to stretch daily and start taking ansaids at the first signs of a flare-up. I currently work in pediatric home health and that seems to minimize my standing and walking on the unforgiving hospital floors. I wish you luck in nursing school, and with your situation with your feet. God Bless.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    there are otc meds that you could use, i don't know personally how well they work also called plantar warts
    we are not to give advise on this column
  5. by   joe2.0
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    there are otc meds that you could use, i don't know personally how well they work also called plantar warts
    we are not to give advise on this column

    I wasn't aware I gave advice, just telling my story. Thanks for the heads up.
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from lindy777
    I have a name for the little lumps in the arch of both feet that are making my life miserable. The doc says they are called Plantar fibromas.
    How long have you had them? I've had "something" since August, when I started a job involving lots of standing and walking on hard cement floors.

    How many lumps - one lump or two? Seriously - I have one on each arch and they developed rather quickly after I started the job!
  7. by   lindy777
    Hi, Joe2, thanks for your reply. I am following pretty much the same routine as you and it is helping. I am a little concerned about a career path, so that I can keep the pain under control. I am leaning against surgery, I have heard too many stories that I don't like.

    For those who asked, Plantar Fibromas are small, benign tumors on the plantar of the foot. They are in the instep. They are totally unlike plantar warts, which grow on the skinand can be removed easily. PF's require surgery. My doctor told me that mine occured from a stress injury to the foot.
    The tumors are very painful when you walk and you should never walk barefoot. If you think that you have them, check with your doctor, they do need treatment & they don't go away on their own. I personally have one lima bean sized lump on each instep. If I abuse my feet, they can and do increase in size (inflammation). (Some days it feels like a boulder, but that is another story).

    Yes, keeping the foot properly stretched out and taking NSAIDs does help.
    Thanks for your replies. ( I didn't take it that you were giving medical advice either. Just discussing what these things are.) We nurses should know the difference between a wart and a tumor. Thanks again.

    Oh, I forgot, there are some really good websites out there that deal with this. I don't want to give out info that I shouldn't, but if you type in Plantar Fibroma in Google, you will find lots of good information. Beware that some companies just want to sell you something. Bye.
  8. by   Rakhel
    i also have them. but only on my left foot.
    i had surgery on it when i was 10 but, yes they did grow back; 4 grew in the same spot. i recently had the 4 removed, and now use the inserts. my doctor said i may have to have the same surgery every 2 years. D:
    i dont know if you would want to do the same, but it helps me.
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  9. by   3boysmom3
    I have Morton's neuromas on both feet, my understanding is they are some sort of overgrowth of tissue that make the balls of your feet feel like you are walking on a golf ball. Also have Plantar fasciitis both feet. I have had steroid injections and some kind of wierd treatment where my own plasma was injected into my heel. All of it helped for a short while, but I still have constant trouble. By the time I end my workday it's all I can do to get home to my sofa. Something like stopping at the grocery store after work is out of the question! I'm "aware" of my feet every minute that I am on them. Yuk.

    I'm planning to use this information in my appeal for insurance to cover Lap-Band. My feet are not a life-threatening comorbidity, for sure, but they could definately be a "livelihood" threatening one!

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