A plantar fibroma is a non-cancerous or benign growth in the arch of your foot. It develops in the plantar fascia, which is thick, fibrous tissue at the bottom of your feet. This tissue covers the area from your heel to your toes and stabilizes your foot arch.
This nodule, which grows slowly over time, can develop on one foot or both feet. Although anyone can develop a plantar fibroma, it typically occurs in middle age. Men are also more likely to be affected.
If you suspect a plantar fibroma, see your doctor. This condition doesn’t heal on its own, and medical intervention may be necessary to relieve any pain caused by the nodule. The goal of treatment is to reduce any pain and discomfort and decrease the size of the nodule. Treatment is based on the severity of the nodule, so your individual treatment plan may vary.