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February 1962

Plantar Fibromatosis

Author Affiliations


From the Medical Service, Section of Dermatology, Veterans Administration Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(2):278-281. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590020118016

Plantar fibromatosis, or Dupuytren's contracture of the fascia,1,2 is an important disorder for the dermatologist. The location and nature of the lesions cause him to be consulted first for diagnosis and treatment. The disease is the result of partial fibrous replacement of the plantar aponeurosis and is similar pathologically to palmar fibromatosis, or Dupuytren's contracture of the palmar aponeurosis.3 To help the clinician recognize this entity, a review of the literature is presented together with the report of a case.

Review of the Literature  Plantar fibromatosis is a fairly rare condition. According to Pack and Ariel, 120 cases have been reported in the literature since 1839 when Dupuytren4 noted that several of his patients with contractures of the fingers also had contractures of the toes. They believe that, probably, other cases have gone unnoticed, since the disease is usually asymptomatic. The entity occurs more often in the