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Ledderhose Disease

Ledderhose disease, also known as plantar fibromatosis, is rare and impacts the bottom of the feet. This disease presents as a buildup of connective tissue in the feet, which forms into lumps or nodules on the fascia located on the sole of the foot. The fascia is a connective tissue that runs from the heel bone to the toes, and when it thickens, it can form nodules, which may be painless at first and, over time, may cause discomfort and pain. The skin may tighten, there might be itching and stinging in the surrounding area, and pain in the foot and ankle joints can develop. The cause of this ailment is not known. However, some believe that it is caused by genetics or environmental factors. Risk factors include regular alcohol consumption, liver disease, and diabetes. It most often strikes those in middle or older age and is more common in men than women. Treatment of Ledderhose disease depends on its severity. It is suggested that if you develop such nodules in your feet, you contact a podiatrist for an examination, diagnosis and healing options that are right for you.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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