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June 1981

Plantar Fibromatosis

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Keller Army Hospital, US Military Academy, West Point, NY.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(6):375-376. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650060065031

Plantar fibromatosis also has been reported as Dupuytren's disease of the foot1 and Ledderhose's disease.2 Fibromatosis of the plantar fascia does not result in contractions, as seen in the palm, because the extension of the plantar fascia to the phalanges is insignificant.3 Clinically, most cases of plantar involvement are asymptomatic.3,4 Those patients who consult a physician do so because of pain. This tumor is not common, but several hundred cases have been reported in the literature.5

Report of a Case  A 42-year-old woman was seen in 1978 because of a plantar tumor. The lesion had been noted nine months earlier on the left foot, but it had only caused pain for six weeks. She could not comfortably bear weight on the affected side. Examination showed a pink lobulated tumor, measuring 2.0 × 1.5 cm, with a smaller satellite lesion on the left plantar surface (Fig

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