Plantar fibromatosis

Plantar fibromatosis, or Ledderhose disease, refers to a benign fibroblastic proliferation of the plantar fascia. It is classified as a type of musculoskeletal fibromatosis.

Plantar fibromatosis can be seen in both children and adults, although there is a recognized male predilection (M:F of 2:1).

Nodules or masses of plantar fibromatosis are typically located in the middle to the medial aspect of the plantar arch and may extend to involve the skin or deep structures of the foot. Lesions may be symptomatic because of a mass effect or invasion of adjacent muscles or neurovascular structures. In contrast to Dupuytren disease, flexion deformities usually do not occur 9.

Plantar fibromatosis is associated with other fibroproliferative disorders such as:

Unfortunately, exact etiology of plantar fibromatosis is not well understood 4.

Often seen as a hypo to mixed echogenicity 3 discrete, fusiform, multinodular thickening of the plantar fascia located separately to the calcaneal insertion 1.

Again typically seen as a relatively well-defined region of multinodular thickening about the inferior margin of the plantar fascia.

  • T1: iso to low signal compared with muscle 1,2
  • T1 C+ (Gd): demonstrates variable contrast enhancement 4
  • T2: low to intermediate signal compared with muscle 1,2

Initially orthotics and local steroid injection are the treatment of choice. Radiotherapy is the most efficient with the least recurrence rate 10. Local excision with a wide margin is the definitive treatment for painful or disabling lesions, but recurrences are common 11.

Plantar fibromatosis is sometimes referred to as Ledderhose disease after Georg Ledderhose (1855-1925), German surgeon, who first described it in 1894 7,12.​

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rID: 10808
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Plantar fibromatoses
  • Ledderhose disease
  • Ledderhose's disease

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