What is Plantar Fibromatosis?

Plantar Fibromatosis or Ledderhouse Disease is a condition that refers to the tendency to develop plantar fibromas. These are rare, benign (not cancerous) growths that appear on the plantar fascia. These occur on the bottom of your foot and can cause pain when wearing shoes that place pressure on the arch.


Pain to the arch of your foot is the most common symptom of Plantar Fibromatosis. It is likely shoes that put pressure on this area will exacerbate the pain and the skin on the arch of the foot may bulge out where the Fibromatosis are present.

Cause of Plantar Fibromatosis

There is no clear cause of Plantar Fibromatosis and it can appear in anyone however, research suggests there is increased risk for those that are;

  • Middle Age, Older than 40
  • Males more prone than Females
  • Diabetes
  • Repeated Trauma to area
  • Have a family history of plantar fibromas.

How is it Diagnosed?

A Podiatrist will examine the foot and check the plantar fascia. To confirm Plantar Fibromas a Diagnostic Ultrasound is usually required but sometimes a  referral for an MRI may be needed for a clearer diagnosis.

How to Manage Plantar Fibromatosis Symptoms

Plantar Fibromatosis does not go away, however it is a relatively easy condition to manage. Management includes;

  • Custom Orthotics
  • Supportive Footwear
  • Exercise Therapy

It is extremely rare to require surgery plantar fibromatosis.

Moreland Podiatry – Plantar Fibromatosis

If you are experiencing pain to the underside of your feet, primarily in the arch, it is important to seek a Podiatrists opinion. Plantar Fibromatosis is a manageable condition and there are simple and effective solutions to reduce the pain. Feel free to contact the friendly team at Moreland Podiatry via our contact page or on (03) 9383 6633.