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What is Ledderhose's Disease?


This is a real condition, although it sounds more like a construction term. While most foot problems are quite generic and commonly seen and treated by doctors, there are a few conditions of the feet that are extremely rare. Such foot conditions are hard to pinpoint on an initial visit, but after a few tests and examinations, podiatrists are usually able to accurately diagnose such diseases and set you on a treatment plan.

One such rare foot condition is known as Ledderhose’s Disease or Plantar Fascial Fibromatosis.

Symptoms

  • Fibrous Nodules or lumps in one or both feet
  • Swelling
  • Nodules that are increasing in size
  • One or more lesions
  • Lumps of hard tissue on the bottom of the foot
  • Thickening of skin

Causes

Ledderhose’s disease has no known cause but is closely related to Dupuytren’s or Peyronie’s disease. It occurs in men 10 times more than women.

Risk factors include:

  • Having a family member with Dupuytren's or a related condition (Genetics)
  • You have a related condition, e.g. dorsal nodules, Ledderhose or Peyronie's
  • You have or have had a frozen shoulder
  • You are an insulin-dependent diabetic
  • You have epilepsy and take phenobarbitone or phenytoin
  • You have liver disease or drink large amounts of alcohol
  • You have high cholesterol
  • You have heart disease
  • Your thyroid gland is not working well, either producing too much or too little hormone
  • You smoke or have smoked
  • Your age is over 50 years
  • You have HIV or cancer
  • You are taking Glucosamine or Chrondroitin supplements
  • Having Paget's Bone Disease or Kennedy's Disease means you are at greater risk of developing Peyronie's and Dupuytren's

 

Treatment

There are many different types of treatment options available for Ledderhose’s Disease and doctors are constantly finding newer and better ways to treat it. After a thorough examination, your board certified podiatrist will be able to determine the best treatment for you. Common methods of treatment involve:

  • Incisions or excisions performed by foot surgeon
  • Injections with potent formulas
  • Gels or creams
  • Surgery

If you are suffering any of the symptoms of Ledderhose’s Disease or think that you may be at risk due to your family history or health conditions, visit Dr. Paul S. DeMarco today. Dr. Paul S. DeMarco specializes in treating children and adults with both minor and major foot ailments and conditions. Visit Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his amazing staff and lab technicians who are located in Somers Point, New Jersey. Call us today at (609) 927- 4894 or book your appointment right from your phone or laptop. You and your feet will be promptly taken care of.