"A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot (nodule) in the arch of the foot. It is embedded within the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot. A plantar fibroma can develop in one or both feet, is benign (non-malignant), and usually will not go away or get smaller without treatment. Definitive causes for this condition have not been clearly identified."
Apple Cider Vinegar
04/06/2013: Wadams from Australia: "I've been using ACV for a week now just on the lump area; nothing happened for first three days, then skin around and in top of fibroma peeled off. When top of fibroma skin came off, left perfectly round hole. Next application of ACV made fibroma black underneath the skin.. Looks revolting, but something's definitely happening! Sting/burn too painful to reapply ACV so have applied solugel to give it a rest bc area was very inflamed & painful to walk on. Am waiting to see now. MRI shows nodule very deep, so I dont know if its just burned the top or is affecting the whole fibroma."
EC: Originally, this message was longer and pointed out a suspicious post on the same page that seemed to be promoting a commercial product. We had blanked out the product's name, but it turns out the entire post was copied from elsewhere on the web and has now been deleted. Evidently, just an attempt to sell products. Good eye, Wadams, you have our sincere thanks!
07/02/2011: Sue from Northfield, Il: "The person who wrote about a remedy for the above mentioned the letters ACV. What do those letters mean? "
EC: ACV=Apple Cider Vinegar
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/16/2012: Carol from Plainfield, New Jersey replies: "I read about using ACV on a plantar fibroma with great expectations. All I got was a red, sore burn mark near the fibroma. I soaked a cotton ball with ACV taped it over the spot with plastic and sock covering it. Leary to try it again - just made my foot peel since the area was wet. Any suggestions? Thank you!!"
05/15/2012: "When I did the ACV treatment on my feet, I treated the entire sole of my foot (see the original post) all night long for several days, and I had NO peeling or burning at all. Don't know why it would be different for others. I used brown organic apple cider vinegar, the kind with a "mother" in it, and the brand that is from an old-time health-food advocate. My sister has been putting it on a couple of warts on her fingers, taping a piece of ACV-soaked cotton on 24/7, and this method does appear to "burn" the wart off."
[YEA] 10/09/2009: Tassia from Berkeley, Ca, Us: "I got this thing called a Plantar Fibroma on the sole of my foot, suddenly, about 7 weeks ago. After I got the diagnosis a couple of weeks ago, I was trying out some ACV on my skin and it occurred to me that it would feel good on my feet -- and it did, it felt REALLY soothing and cooling, which seemed very good. By the next morning, the fibroma was almost gone. Here is what I did: I put a folded paper towel in a plastic bag (like a produce bag) and poured some ACV (that expensive, organic brand) onto that, then put my foot on the paper towel and tied the plastic bag onto my foot (I actually did both feet because it felt so good) and left them like that overnight. I kept doing this for about a week, and there is no sign now of a fibroma. Kind of amazing, as people have surgeries for this -- and then the fibromas come back anyway. I wonder if this would also help plantar fasciitis, as it seemed to soften and relax the entire fascia."Replies
11/02/2009: Margaret from Albany, Ny replies: "I am so excited to read about this treatment because I have been suffering with several fibromas on each foot. I am actually currently using ACV to spot-treat plantar warts on my feet. The ACV is causing the hardened skin around the wart, and the wart, to peel away, a very good thing. But I'm nervous about now applying ACV to the entire foot, including non-hardened skin... did you experience burning or extensive peeling at all? I was surprised that you said it felt good. Thanks for posting!"
09/06/2010: Joyce from Raleigh, North Carolina replies: "My grandmother and mother always used baking soda and ACV on bee stings. It just boils them out-I too have a planters wart and am cosidering trying this to "oil" it out. Will let you know if it works."
[YEA] 02/20/2013: Liz from Tenerife, Canary Islands replies: "My 82 year old father used the apple cider vinegar method as described above for this and it has worked. He had it on both feet and on one it has almost gone to nothing, the other is slowly going down but was bigger to start with. He did over do it, and ended up with a burn from the acid, but once that healed has only done it at night and has been ok. He used organic and ordinary cider vinegar, and they both have worked. He now can walk without pain."
11/24/2012: Sharon From Washington from Washington, Mo: "Dear ted, would you happen to have a cure for plantars fibroma that might take a lump off the bottom or your foot. Thanks sharon"
06/27/2011: Sarah from Richmond, Va, United States: "Please help - I have planters fibroma. I do not want to have surgery. Does anyone have suggestions?"Replies
01/19/2012: Margaret from Chula Vista, Ca- Usa replies: "My doctor found a lab in San Antonio, TX that makes a Verapamil compound. (PDLabs) About $200./mo. Has been a continuing headache with Medco that it is or is not covered for reimbursement. Had to buy 6 mos worth at $1215. (credit card.... ) If it is covered, then my monthly co-pay would be $60. they will reimburse me $140.
My foot is better. Had 2 of the plantar fibromatosis on the bottom of my left foot. "Think" they are about half their size. Have to put the medicine on every 12 hours or so. Has been 6 mos. PDLabs says average use is 9-12 mos. I see now why they say that with mine about half the size.
My dr did say, if anyone suggests surgery- he said RUN, not walk from them. What I've read: There is a higher return of the fibrodes with surgery and the injections (2 of the 3 options to help fibrodes) or the 3rd is the medicine. I need my feet, I am on my feet 12 hours a day.
I am considering either not purchasing more. Or maybe 3 more mos worth. I may just have to live with the lumps since they are better. Just have to have 'spongy' insoles that absorb the lumps. I only feel them now at the end of a long day when I am overly tired.
09/02/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "For reference, recently some patients are reporting noteable success with PF (and Dupetryns) via Cryotherapy. There is an active and very responsive group of patients researching, reporting thier experiences at the Yahoo Groups for Dupetryns and Plantar Fibromatosis at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/plantarfibromatosis/ This group talks about issues pertaining to Plantar Fibromatosis which is also called Ledderhose Disease. The goal is to find a cure. These diseases are related to Dupuytrens Contracture of the hand."