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March 2024

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Lump in the Foot Arch and Plantar Fibroma

Plantar fibroma is a benign condition characterized by the formation of a knot or nodule in the arch of the foot. This lump occurs in the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. Typically, someone can feel it if they physically examine the foot. A  plantar fibroma can develop in one or both feet, and it usually remains stable in size or grows slowly over time. The lump in the arch may or may not be painful. When pain is present, it's often because the fibroma presses against footwear or the ground, creating pressure on the foot. This discomfort can be increased by standing, walking, or wearing tight or unsupportive shoes. People sometimes modify their gait or posture in an attempt to minimize discomfort, which potentially causes secondary pain in the feet, legs, or back. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of symptoms. Conservative options may include orthotic devices and footwear modifications, and more invasive procedures may involve steroid injections or surgery. If you have a lump in the arch of the foot and suspect a plantar fibroma, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment options. 

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Loren Hansen, DPM of Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Treatment for a Dislocated Ankle

Experiencing a dislocated ankle can be a traumatic event, often leading to significant damage and requiring specialized treatment. A podiatrist, who is an expert in foot and ankle conditions, plays an essential role in managing such injuries. Treatment, which typically involves realigning the ankle joint, may also require the application of a splint or cast for stabilization. In severe cases involving fractures, surgery may be necessary to ensure proper healing. The recovery process varies in duration, emphasizing the importance of regular follow-up appointments with a podiatrist to monitor progress and address any emerging issues. Podiatrists possess the expertise to provide targeted care, facilitating optimal recovery, and minimizing the risk of complications. If you have dislocated an ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist who can perform a thorough exam, and offer the correct treatment and follow-up care you need.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

Bunion Treatment

Bunions manifest primarily as the big toe angling towards the other toes, causing a bony protrusion on the inner edge of the foot. Symptoms include pain, swelling, callused skin, and foot shape changes. Treatment aims to alleviate discomfort and may involve painkillers, orthotics, or surgery for severe cases. Untreated bunions can worsen and lead to complications like arthritis or toe misalignment. Bunions are more prevalent in women, possibly due to footwear choices like high heels. Other causes of bunions include genetics, arthritis, and ill-fitting shoes. Prevention involves wearing properly fitting shoes with ample toe room, and avoiding tight or high-heeled footwear. Surgery is often the only solution for severe cases but may not guarantee complete recovery. If you have a bunion that causes you pain, it is suggested that you make appointments with a podiatrist for regular monitoring and treatment.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Loren Hansen, DPM of Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Support in Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes poses risks of foot ulcers and other foot problems, but proactive care can lessen these dangers. Regular checkups with a podiatrist are important for diabetic individuals. Besides professional care, daily self-checks are imperative. Interestingly, involving spouses in foot care can enhance vigilance. Research comparing diabetic individuals receiving guidance alone to those and their spouses found higher rates of foot checking in the coupled group. While both groups had similar levels of foot protection behavior, spousal support boosted overall foot care in the dyad group. This underscores the importance of involving loved ones and caregivers in diabetic foot care routines. If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you seek support and schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist for checkups. This will help individuals with diabetes to better prevent complications and maintain foot health.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 03 March 2024 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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