Imagine losing the feeling of grass or the sensation of wet sand on the beach under your feet, and imagine never even being able to walk again, confined to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. This is a terrible prospect, but it can happen if you develop plantar fibromatosis, which targets the feet and affects the very base of the human body.
Dupuytren’s disease in the feet
Dupuytren’s disease in the feet is commonly known as plantar fibromatosis, and it’s a rare disorder that causes the formation of nodules along the plantar fascia, or on the plantar side of the foot arch. There is a lot of connective tissue on the bottom of the feet, mostly those that connect the heel to the toes. The aforementioned nodules start to form within this tissue. This is painless in the beginning, but the long-term condition can develop into a severe disability.
Is it curable?
As doctors do not yet understand the exact nature of this condition, there is no permanent cure. There are, however, treatments that allow an affected person to live normally.
- Wear soft shoes to avoid pressure on the foot as this disorder can cause a pin-and-needles sensation in the feet.
- Use steroid injections, radiation therapy, shock wave therapy, and collagenase.
- Have a fasciotomy performed on the nodule, which surgically removes the nodule and is a longer-term treatment.
Plantar fibromatosis is a rare condition, but treatments are available. These treatments, however, are not permanent, and nodules are more likely to come back if a person has a family history of this disorder or is in old age.