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Old 8th September 2010, 08:52 AM
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I have what seems to be a small plantar fibroma (5 x 4mm) just superficial to the distal plantar fascia (from the ultrasound report; i'm no expert.) It doesn't bother me too much yet (had it for four weeks) but without looking at it a podiatrist recommended surgery. Seeing this is not the advice I've read on the net, I'd be interested in other opinions. Also does anyone know if Verapamil gel is a good treatment, as I've been reading some good reports on the net about it. Thanks in advance!

Also from the report: "A well circumscribed, hypoechoic solid soft tissue mass measuring 5 x 4mm in diameter is present just superficial to the distal plantar fascia. It is avascular. It is separate to the fascia itself.

Conclusion: the appearances are non-specific, but most consistent with a small fibroma.
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Good luck may be the best treatment for plantar fibromatosis. Surgical excision has a high degree of recurrence and/or problems occasioned by the plantar incision and/or nerve entrapment. I have not personally used verapamil gel, but other than for its price and probable non-coverage by insurance, it may be worth a try as the other choices are limited and uncertain in their effectiveness. Some users of verapamil gel have reported varying degrees of success and others have not. Some have merely claimed no increase in size, although increases in size are not a certainty even without treatment.
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Thanks for that Foot Doc. My podiatrist had never heard of Verapamil so I might have trouble getting a prescription anyway (I'm in Australia.) How common do you find these plantar fibromas to be?
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How common do you find these plantar fibromas to be?
Reasonably common. Many with these have them in the palmar fascia also where they can result in a more serious condition called Dupuytren's contracture.
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I don't seem to have much in the way of treatment options, since I gather surgery is mostly only recommended in serious cases. Do you find that any
of these just go away by themselves?
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I have not seen that occur, but I don't follow such patients for life to know whether or not the lumps have resolved on their own.
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I have had plantar fibroma in both feet most of my life first surgery at 12 years old. they do not go away on their own. as far as I have been told there is not very many treatments for this. my pain is terrible at times. 2 surgeries on each foot and they came back each time. stretching helps but as far as I know not much else helps
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I have had plantar fibroma in both feet most of my life first surgery at 12 years old. they do not go away on their own. as far as I have been told there is not very many treatments for this. my pain is terrible at times. 2 surgeries on each foot and they came back each time. stretching helps but as far as I know not much else helps
My husband has had them twice also in each foot with surgeries and has them back again in less than 2 years from last one! He has been told by a specialist that the next step is to remove the fasciitis on the entire bottom of his feet! His are coming back each time bigger and more tender! Wish there was something to make these stay gone!
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I'd forgotten about this thread...
I'd had the fibroma for about seven weeks and asked my podiatrist if they ever just went away on their own. "They never go away on their own" he told me quite confidently. Two weeks later it went away on it's own. (That was three months ago.)
So there you go...
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I have a rather large plantar fibroma. I've had it for some time now and recently it has become extremely painful. I'm seeing a podiatrist on Monday desperate for some relief. I can only assume that the pain is now present because of the increase in size. Will injections help to decease the size of this thing?
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I have a rather large plantar fibroma. I've had it for some time now and recently it has become extremely painful. I'm seeing a podiatrist on Monday desperate for some relief. I can only assume that the pain is now present because of the increase in size. Will injections help to decease the size of this thing?
I had them in both my feet, first right had surgury, doc did a good job.2 years later had left done doc didn't do a good job , now 2 years later they are back in both of my feet, left is worse. I was never told they would grow back until after second surgury. I had a cortizone shot in the left foot at a doc's office, very painfull and the cysts didn't shrink. then I went to a pain specialist, they put me partial out and gave me 3 cortizone shots in each foot, they shrunk the cysts, but I now get muscle spasms in my feet, but I can aleast stand on my feet.
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Old 8th May 2011, 05:43 PM
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ask your gp for steroid injections around the lump, i have finished a course of 3 injections, each one 3 months apart, the difference is huge. my plantar was painful, right on the arch of my foot, causing pain when walking and wearing some shoes, now it has more than halved in size and no pain! i have to wait another 9 months before i can go back for more sessions.
hope this is a help to other sufferers.
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Old 13th May 2011, 03:56 AM
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Hi Everyone,

I have a fibroma on my right foot for over two years now and in my case the pain has become more manageable with better footwear for my arches, constant stretching and a hell of a lot of rubbing and deep massages.

From reading some of the testimonials in this forum it seems as though the manner in which the fibroma can affect someone ranges from mild to extreme. I believe my fibroma was caused from trauma to the plantar facitis whilst i was training for a marathon. My training came to an end when I thought that I "pulled" the tendon under my foot. The pain was really severe for a couple of months and when it finally reached a manageable level I tried to play soccer with some buddies and when I was taking off my football socks realized that there was this bump the size of a small olive on the tendon itself.

The next day I went to a doctor and she told me what it was. She recommended that I do not consider surgery as there is no guarantee that it would not come back as well as it can even cause more problems. She also told me that I can go ahead and play soccer and continue running due to the location of the fibroma. At first I thought she was nuts, because I could have barely passed the ball when I was on the field. But, today I am running and playing soccer every week and the pain is almost non existent. Although at times after an intense game I may experience a sort of throbbing burning type of pain, but after some time it goes away.

So in short, if it is a small fibroma I wont worry about it!
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I have a rather large plantar fibroma. I've had it for some time now and recently it has become extremely painful. I'm seeing a podiatrist on Monday desperate for some relief. I can only assume that the pain is now present because of the increase in size. Will injections help to decease the size of this thing?
I had the injections... the pain will go away for ma-by 2 months and return! i had minor surgery and the lump has returned 10 times bigger... I also had it on the other foot and it took many surgery's to make it go away after the 8th surgery it has not returned.. now its on the other foot very painful... there is not much i can do walking hurts... Im going for the bigger operation which i have had many times before it is very painful... but i am at a lost and dont know what to do anymore...
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Plantar fibromas generally do not just go. I would be inclined to think that it was not a fibroma in that instance but there are no absolutes and I could be wrong

Conservative management froms the mainstay of treatment. Exision tends to lead to recurrence but depending on your luck, it may not recur for a few years. It might, however, come back in a few months

Accommodate the fibroma with a well contoured orthosis with localised relief infilled with padding. Sometimes, if the fibroma is very large, the depth required for relief is outside of that that can be accommodated in the footwear. Surgery should be a last option and that means that you have used very accommodative footwear and insoles.

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Not sure if this will work for everyone but it has for me. I have had plantar fibromatosis for about 10 years now. I am 42 years old. I went to two different podiatrist and heard the same thing from both and was very frustrated. I would get even more frustrated when I would go online and read about it in forums like this.
My whole life I have been in fairly good shape but started putting on weight about 11 years ago. I didnt get fat but was out of shape and was getting no excersise what so ever. A little over two years ago, I started back excersing,eating right and going to a chiropractor because of some lower back issues I was having. Part of my excersise routine was to do alot of streatching not only my back but my legs as well. I have always been tall and lanky and never real flexible. I noticed after about 6 months that my lumps in my arches were getting smaller. I dont know if it was loosing 35 lbs., going to the chiropractor and getting adjusted or a combination of all three. I am guessing that it is the streatching. The lump in my left foot is pretty much gone and the one in my right has shrunk considerably enough were I can get on the tread mill every day and not be in pain. I havn't been to the chiropractor in about a year because I could no longer afford going with insurance not covering it.
I would say to any of you that if you have not been streatching to try it. Do it for 15 minuits in the morning and 15 minuits at night.Make sure you streatch your lower back and legs as much as you can. Also, if you are over weight see what loosing weight does. You can find videos or routines on line. You can e-mail me if you have any questions.
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No cure that I know of. :-( Having had 2 surgeries in '92 & '94 on my right foot to remove 2 lumps, more have grown back replacing the others. A year ago, my left foot grew one in the same spot, the arch & Kaiser shot me with steroids, which made it grow from pea-size to baseball size within one year. They refused to do the surgery, saying it's too life threatening & I could end up paralyzed, etc., so I went to the Foot & Ankel Institute for a consultation & they said it's NOT life threatening, nor will I end up paralyzed (even I knew that) & they could do each surgical procedure for $3800+. I have 4 problems (1 bunion & pf lumps pr/foot), so you do the math. This is a painful & crushing problem to live with as I can't fit women's shoes anymore, barely fit mens & can't get an ofc job wearing men's boots. Needless to say, I don't have a man/bf either; it's ruining my life. Despite this painful hindrance, hiking is still my fav hobby. Not sure if being active all my life has anything to do with this or if it's just hereditary, as my grandmother had them too. What to do, what to do...
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No cure that I know of. :-( Having had 2 surgeries in '92 & '94 on my right foot to remove 2 lumps, more have grown back replacing the others. A year ago, my left foot grew one in the same spot, the arch & Kaiser shot me with steroids, which made it grow from pea-size to baseball size within one year. They refused to do the surgery, saying it's too life threatening & I could end up paralyzed, etc., so I went to the Foot & Ankel Institute for a consultation & they said it's NOT life threatening, nor will I end up paralyzed (even I knew that) & they could do each surgical procedure for $3800+. I have 4 problems (1 bunion & pf lumps pr/foot), so you do the math. This is a painful & crushing problem to live with as I can't fit women's shoes anymore, barely fit mens & can't get an ofc job wearing men's boots. Needless to say, I don't have a man/bf either; it's ruining my life. Despite this painful hindrance, hiking is still my fav hobby. Not sure if being active all my life has anything to do with this or if it's just hereditary, as my grandmother had them too. What to do, what to do...
Mine is going away. I find that it goes away if I wear shoes that don't irritate it. I found that Aravon shoes for women have a removable footbed. If you take that out, you can figure out where your bump is, then from the bottom, using a hot knife (heated on top of the stove) I cut out a corresponding amount of the rubber sole, leaving the top surface intact. Does that make sense. It looks fine from the top but the rubber underneath has been cut out in a circle so that there is no pressure on the bump. It totally works and looks okay. I also went to a massage person who pushed really hard on it and it seemed to be much better after that. It's now a sort of thin flat bump and I really think it's going to be gone in another 6 months. It was pretty big before, and I could hardly walk. So don't give up hope. Find a nice think rubber sole insert for your hiking boots and get a pointy knife really hot, use an exhaust fan, and cut away. To locate where to cut, put something on the bump and press on the sole in exactly the right place that it will be when you have the shoe on. Then take a sewing needle and push it through to the other side. That's the middle of your circle to cut out. Good luck.
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I'm sure that there are few podiatrists who would recommend this to you, but on several occasions I have removed small, pea sized fibromas from the soles of my feet myself. These fibromas grow under the skin, often on the ball of the foot or on the heal.

Few podiatrists would recommend this self procedure to you, because this is how podiatrists make their living, and the advice I provide below, would probably be considered to be inconsistent with "professional advice" within the field of medicine.

If you follow my advice, PLEASE REALIZE THAT YOU ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS OF YOUR ADVENTURE AND ANY CONSEQUENCES, AND I ASSUME NONE. YOU HAVE NOW BEEN LEGALLY WARNED.

SHOULD YOUR FOOT NOT RAPIDLY HEAL WITHIN 48-72 HOURS, OR IF YOUR FOOT APPEARS TO BE GETTING INFECTED, SEE A DOCTOR OR PODIATRIST IMMEDIATELY.

Now here is the procedure.

Take a pair of sterilized, pointed scissors and cut through the surface skin around the entire fibroma. Have some tissue ready because this procedure will cause bleeding in the following stages. Also have a large bandage ready to use.

After cutting through the skin completely around the entire circumference of the fibroma, now use the scissors to begin to pry up on the fibroma, away from the foot. Work around the fibroma until it is approximately half removed or until you can eventually grab onto the fibroma using a tissue between your fingers. The area will begin to bleed. Grab onto the fibroma using the tissue, and RIP the fibroma out of your foot. This is not particularly painful, but it will bleed profusely at first.

Often the fibroma will have a core root that extends a few millimetres into the foot. Try to clear the blood away and check to see if you can see any white remnants of the fibroma which can be removed with the scissors from the deepest area of the excision.

After the blood flow slows, bandage the area of the foot. After 24 hours, remove the bandage and allow air to the area of the foot when sleeping or not walking. For the first 48 to 72 hours, apply a bandage when walking. Walking may or may not be painful during the first day after the procedure.

When you initially remove the bandage after 24 hours, you will see a hole in the skin that extends into the foot. The edges of the cut skin may appear white and swollen, as if soaked in water, from being bandaged. The white edges of the cut skin may be surrounded by mild inflammation. I do not use any medication, but suit yourself. The important part is to keep the area clean before the skin is healed and renewed so that infection is avoided.

The hole in the skin will heal quickly over the next 48 to 72 hours, eventually filling the hole and having a dark thin scab over the newly forming skin. At this point, after 72 hours, when the likelihood of infection becomes low, the bandage can cease to be used.

This area of the foot should completely heal within 2 weeks and the fibroma will appear to be gone. Monitor the area over the next 3-4 months. If the fibroma is going to grow back, you should see and feel it in about 3-4 months.

Repeat the procedure as needed, whenever the fibroma has re-grown to bothersome size. If you are persistent one or more procedures should permanently eliminate the fibroma.

If any of what I have described does not appeal to you, I recommend that you see a podiatrist to have your fibroma surgically removed, with the knowledge that the fibroma may return, even after surgery by a podiatrist, requiring a second or third trip to the podiatrist.

Good luck to you DIY guys!!
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Not sure if this will work for everyone but it has for me. I have had plantar fibromatosis for about 10 years now. I am 42 years old. I went to two different podiatrist and heard the same thing from both and was very frustrated. I would get even more frustrated when I would go online and read about it in forums like this.
My whole life I have been in fairly good shape but started putting on weight about 11 years ago. I didnt get fat but was out of shape and was getting no excersise what so ever. A little over two years ago, I started back excersing,eating right and going to a chiropractor because of some lower back issues I was having. Part of my excersise routine was to do alot of streatching not only my back but my legs as well. I have always been tall and lanky and never real flexible. I noticed after about 6 months that my lumps in my arches were getting smaller. I dont know if it was loosing 35 lbs., going to the chiropractor and getting adjusted or a combination of all three. I am guessing that it is the streatching. The lump in my left foot is pretty much gone and the one in my right has shrunk considerably enough were I can get on the tread mill every day and not be in pain. I havn't been to the chiropractor in about a year because I could no longer afford going with insurance not covering it.
I would say to any of you that if you have not been streatching to try it. Do it for 15 minuits in the morning and 15 minuits at night.Make sure you streatch your lower back and legs as much as you can. Also, if you are over weight see what loosing weight does. You can find videos or routines on line. You can e-mail me if you have any questions.
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Do you stretch with shoes on or off? I have gotten some relief from stretching as well as rolling a frozen water bottle under my feet. I haven't been consistent with stretching and have wondered if stretching can, also, irritate the fibromas if not done correctly...?

Any advice would be appreciated...

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I've had plantar fibromas for 10 yrs. now. I started with cortisone shots. They were excruciating and didn't do a thing. I've had 3 surgeries and all they do is come back in mass and bigger than before. Last year I had the plantar fascia release (they cut one of the tendons in your calf and it releases the tendon to give more flexibility in the foot. It isn't supposed to cure them, but it's supposed to keep more from growing and the existing ones from getting larger. Mine have continued to grow on both feet. I also tried the Verapamil and laser treatments, and that was a big waste of money (not covered by insurance). I'm desperate to find something that works. I'm going to try stretching. Does anyone know of a salve or cream that works to shrink them in conjunction with the stretching?
I am using magnesium cream, as this too is a calcium blocker, just like the Verapamil. It seems to have reduced the bump. My problem is that whenever I do something with too much walking or standing on a ladder (painting ceiling), it gets much worse.

You can get various magnesium products on Amazon...com
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How many people have tried Verapamil for plantar fibromatosis? I am planning on ordering it. Any luck with reducing lump.???
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I heard that the cream is very expensive. The magnesium cream was effective enough to reduce the pain in my medial fibroma. I may have another one near where the big toe and the pointer toe meet the foot.

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Hi,
My brother has these lumps and so do I, I am female and have lived with them for approx 6 years my brother has lived with them for about 14 years. My lumps in my right foot had a slow start then have had a quick growth spurt i guess there are about 8 of them which are very painful.....but to my dismay the left foot has 2 which have grown very quickly and are already the size of 2 grapes. My brother sought medical help about 8 years ago and was told that people who are active are more prone to getting them and to leave them well alone. Last year I sought medical advice and guess what???? Leave them well alone! My right foot is very painful and reading all the posts can see I am not alone. My brother insists that his lumps on his feet are not as large as they were but to me they still look unsightly and large. So I am sorry I cannot help or recommend any magical cure but only to say to help yourselves by keeping your feet as comfortable as possible!
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Verapamil cream can only be purchased with a script from a doctor BUT the good news is you can get it made through a compounding pharmacy !!!!! Do not get it on the internet site or a routine pharmacy unless your insurance pays (which is doubtful since it is not FDA approved for plantar fibroma) I paid $30.00 for one jar and it lasts about 6-12 months. Good Luck.
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I am using magnesium cream, as this too is a calcium blocker, just like the Verapamil. It seems to have reduced the bump. My problem is that whenever I do something with too much walking or standing on a ladder (painting ceiling), it gets much worse.

You can get various magnesium products on Amazon...com
I stopped using the magnesium and got 6% Verapamil from a compounding lab, but the fibroma persists. The Compounding lab gave instructions for pain reduction use. I have been using Verapamil for 8 months.

I have been applying it to various painful parts of my feet. I now have encapsulitis on two toes. Now I have a rash or fungus with many small brown bumps in the same location as where I was using the Verapamil. I stopped using the Verapamil.

I bought really soft shoes by Puma and that seems to help reduce the pain.

>> Now I am considering this option: Using 1.0 MHz Ultra Sound to "break" it up.
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Hello,
Been following this thread ,with interest. Have two fibromas on left foot. Slowly increasing in size----and, discomfort. Seen two podiatrists ( one very lazy in work up ,the other very focused,,,and ,seemingly interested in this boring case--however, no follow up by him in 6 weeks). Couple of thoughts: any experiences with cryo-surgery???; and, it seems to me (like with most surgical procedures) the more experience with a specific procedure ,the better the success yield (many medical papers on this in various specialities ). Why no study on the verapamil approach,,,,or, steroid use-long term?? So, who are the "known" experts???? This area of medicine (podiatry) seems to not be a robust research specialty. Lacks many guidelines, IMHO. At least compared to my area- EP/cardiology. I need to develop a plan over the next 6 months---given likely slow growth and discomfort advancing to pain issues (given the lack of process and data in this area). Comments and or references , referrals,,, greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Been following this thread ,with interest. Have two fibromas on left foot. Slowly increasing in size----and, discomfort. Seen two podiatrists ( one very lazy in work up ,the other very focused,,,and ,seemingly interested in this boring case--however, no follow up by him in 6 weeks). Couple of thoughts: any experiences with cryo-surgery???; and, it seems to me (like with most surgical procedures) the more experience with a specific procedure ,the better the success yield (many medical papers on this in various specialities ). Why no study on the verapamil approach,,,,or, steroid use-long term?? So, who are the "known" experts???? This area of medicine (podiatry) seems to not be a robust research specialty. Lacks many guidelines, IMHO. At least compared to my area- EP/cardiology. I need to develop a plan over the next 6 months---given likely slow growth and discomfort advancing to pain issues (given the lack of process and data in this area). Comments and or references , referrals,,, greatly appreciated. Thank you
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I am also a doc in MN that has these. please share what you have learned!
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This is an interesting discussion going on. Last fall I developed a small lump on the arch of my right foot, shortly after another lump formed in the same spot on my left foot. A few months later a small lump right above these formed on each foot. Very sore and painful. I'm interested in the idea of operating on my feet as I've always felt that "patient heal thyself" is best.

2 years ago I went to my family doctor (a rare occurence) because I had a small painful lump growing near the base of my right index finger. My Dr. assured me it was a fluid-filled cyst that would go away on it's own, and not to worry, but to come back if it got bigger or really bothered me. So I went home and wacked this lump several times with a pair of pliers to try and pop it, to no avail. Then I sat down to really think about removing it myself.

I figured most infections are caused because of exposure to pathogens and bacteria in the AIR, so I devised a plan to operate on myself under cold running water to prevent infection. After going through the operation step-by-step in my mind I mustered up enough courage the next day for the big operation. Given that I am right-handed I knew it would be a challlenge to perform this operation with my left hand, but I'm always up for a challenge.

All I had at home was an exacto knife so I put a new blade in then held a match to it for a few seconds. Next I applied ice cubes for a few minutes to numb the lump. Finally I turned on the cold water and slowly started cutting through my finger right over the lump. Didn't feel much pain, only a stinging sensation. As I sliced through my skin I continuosly bled out my finger as much as possible by putting pressure at the base of my finger and squeezing. My 3 children were horrified to see me do this in the bathroom sink but I continued confidently.

Finally I cut down to the lump and opened the hole for a better look. I could clearly see it was not fluid-filled as my Dr. had stated, but rather a squishy whitish mass attached to the bone. I carefully scrapped this lump from my finger bone, still bleeding out the finger under the cold water. When it was completely removed I wrapped it in a piece of saran wrap (and plunked it down on the desk of my Dr.s receptionist the next day, told her what I had done, and asked her to have it checked for cancer. The tests came back negative for cancer). After bleeding out the wound for a good 5 minutes, I immediately wrapped a thick piece of fresh Aloe Vera over and around the incision.

I changed this Aloe before it dried out several times during the next 2 days. After 2 days I took off my organic bandage and was pleased to see the cut was totally healed with zero sign of infection. The scar left is so thin you can barely see it and when I feel it I can detect no scar tissue whatsoever, it is that thin. An operation on my feet will be a little trickier, but like I said I'm always up for a challenge. The price of a new blade 25 cents, the look on the receptionists face priceless

Sincerly, K-town q t (Kelowna BC)
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This is an interesting discussion going on. Last fall I developed a small lump on the arch of my right foot, shortly after another lump formed in the same spot on my left foot. A few months later a small lump right above these formed on each foot. Very sore and painful. I'm interested in the idea of operating on my feet as I've always felt that "patient heal thyself" is best.

2 years ago I went to my family doctor (a rare occurence) because I had a small painful lump growing near the base of my right index finger. My Dr. assured me it was a fluid-filled cyst that would go away on it's own, and not to worry, but to come back if it got bigger or really bothered me. So I went home and wacked this lump several times with a pair of pliers to try and pop it, to no avail. Then I sat down to really think about removing it myself.

I figured most infections are caused because of exposure to pathogens and bacteria in the AIR, so I devised a plan to operate on myself under cold running water to prevent infection. After going through the operation step-by-step in my mind I mustered up enough courage the next day for the big operation. Given that I am right-handed I knew it would be a challlenge to perform this operation with my left hand, but I'm always up for a challenge.

All I had at home was an exacto knife so I put a new blade in then held a match to it for a few seconds. Next I applied ice cubes for a few minutes to numb the lump. Finally I turned on the cold water and slowly started cutting through my finger right over the lump. Didn't feel much pain, only a stinging sensation. As I sliced through my skin I continuosly bled out my finger as much as possible by putting pressure at the base of my finger and squeezing. My 3 children were horrified to see me do this in the bathroom sink but I continued confidently.

Finally I cut down to the lump and opened the hole for a better look. I could clearly see it was not fluid-filled as my Dr. had stated, but rather a squishy whitish mass attached to the bone. I carefully scrapped this lump from my finger bone, still bleeding out the finger under the cold water. When it was completely removed I wrapped it in a piece of saran wrap (and plunked it down on the desk of my Dr.s receptionist the next day, told her what I had done, and asked her to have it checked for cancer. The tests came back negative for cancer). After bleeding out the wound for a good 5 minutes, I immediately wrapped a thick piece of fresh Aloe Vera over and around the incision.

I changed this Aloe before it dried out several times during the next 2 days. After 2 days I took off my organic bandage and was pleased to see the cut was totally healed with zero sign of infection. The scar left is so thin you can barely see it and when I feel it I can detect no scar tissue whatsoever, it is that thin. An operation on my feet will be a little trickier, but like I said I'm always up for a challenge. The price of a new blade 25 cents, the look on the receptionists face priceless

Sincerly, K-town q t (Kelowna BC)

Your story made me cringe.

1. Infections are primarily transferred through contact with non-sterile surfaces, not through the air.

2. Osteomyelitis doesn't always present with any visible signs. It may only present when bone demineralization results in a fracture. At this point amputation is usually necessary.

3. The results of a biopsy are very dependent on the condition and storage of the tissue sample. It increases the chance of a false negative.

4. The digital arteries are quite significant in size, and arteries don't necessarily close if lacerated. Fortunately you avoided them, so you didn't bleed significantly. This time.

Please do not encourage other to undergo self-surgery. There are too many risks. You have been lucky. The next person may not be.

I am relived that your dressing regime was adequate. Aloe Vera has been used as a wound dressing since the 16th century BC. (thats just a piece of trivia for you.
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