Ouch! Is that what you say every time you take a step? You could be suffering from plantar fibroma—a painful, fibrous knot in the arch of your foot. The causes of plantar fibroma are not clear, but podiatrists agree upon several viable reasons that could play a part in the development of the condition.
If you are a runner or participate in similar activities that involve repetitive impact, this can cause trauma to the plantar fascia—the ligament stretching the length of the bottom of your foot. This in turn can result in thickening and tears of that ligament, thus explaining the pain that you are feeling. Another possibility is that you are genetically predisposed to develop the condition. In addition, blood pressure or anti-seizure medications are believed to have a direct effect on the disorder as well.
To find out more, call (512) 328-8900 to talk with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS of the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Texas.
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