This morning I felt a bee bee sized knot underneath my the skin of my foot.
It is near the arch and is tender, but doesn't really bother me when i walk. If I
push on it then it is sore. I am diabetic. Has anyone ever had anything like this? It feel just like a bee bee from a bee bee gun. No broken skin, but looks a bit bruised. Thanks for any input. - sam
Yes. I have it too. Ledderhose disease is usually referred to as "plantar fibromatosis" in the US. It is a nodule or more than one nodule that may be connected by a fibrous cord and is related to "dupuytrens contractures" in the hand. Some have one nodule only. They grow at their own speed; everyone is different. These are UNDER the arch, not on top. Please let us know if this is what you find out you have.
Last edited by hopalong_too; 02-26-2008 at 07:40 AM.
What are you going to do about your foot? I am debating surgery, the doc said it came from inactivity (20 week) so the operation should be no problem. He also said he would not cut on the bottom, rather on the side. I am still sceptical. I will be having an operation anyway to remove all the hardware in my foot from a MT1 fusion.
I can hardly walk because of the ledderhose and the metal. I have a 5cm long and 3mm thick titainium plate with 5 screws!!! On the bottom it feels like i am constantly having a foot cramp, very painful.
Try to give yourself at least a year before hardware removal so the fusion can fully consolidate (unless there is another underlying problem). When did you have the fusion done? If you ARE only 20 weeks out, the discomfort you are feeling MAY be from the bone still recovering. Just a thought. I am 10 months out from the fusion and still have some discomfort sometimes. My doctor will not even think of hardware removal until after 1 year! I, on the other hand, have a hard time even thinking of more surgery on my poor feet!
Take care, Hoppy
Last edited by hopalong_too; 03-04-2008 at 07:09 AM.
I think we both had a bit of bad luck!! In march 06 they tried to fix my toe, by a method that the doc said was new here and tried in Switzerland. Didn 't work! So after a year of cortizone shots i decided to go to a new doctor, who said a fusion is the only thing. SO March 07 I had a toe fusion and the toe was lengthened by 8mm, so they broke it mid foot to do that. The bone that was put in was mine, taken around the area. Anyway around july i was in so much pain and the "xray" said everything is ok, but i kept asking why my toe is going left and not straight. He had no answer!! Aug. 6 was my scheduled hardware removal. I decided to stay awake since it was just a quick 1/2 hour thing..............
WELL 2 hours later, 1 new plate and 5 new screws, and artifial bone he said the fusion healed but the mid brake didn't!! So after 2 ct's and 1 mri I am 90% healed. After looking at the XRAY not CT my doc said no problem we can take out the hardware in april everything is good. I then thought that a 2nd opinon would not be bad, he looked at the mri and said from 1 side it looks perfect but from the other not 100% healed and i should wait till summer... (1 year).
I am flying to the stated in april and will go see a doctor in atlanta for a 3rd opinion, concerning my ledderhose and the hardware. I walk with a limp because of the pain and cant wear shoes cause of the swelling and sensitivity from the hardware.
is your foot swollen? Is your foot reacting at all from the metal? i cant believe you are only taking ib prof. Ask about lyrica, helps with the nerve pain dealing with the ledderhose.
Hi Badtoe, No my foot was swollen after the fusion but is not swollen now. I had a problem with the first metal (stainless steel) put in but I don't have a problem with the titanium. The big toe on my surgery foot is still a little larger but no swelling otherwise. Some doctors are only too happy to remove the nodules. My doctor is more conservative. He says not only do they have a high rate of recurrence but they come back bigger and faster. Please let me know what you find out. Is this doctor in Atlanta a specialist of some kind with regard to Ledderhose? How long have you had it? You could try deeply massaging it. It HURTS like the dickens but I do believe it has slowed down the growth.
Also about the fusion site. If it is painful it could be that the fusion is just not complete which can be VERY painful and cause swelling or maybe one of the screws is too long and is impinging on a nerve. Thanks, Hoppy
Sam, Are you still around? How are you doing?
Last edited by hopalong_too; 02-27-2008 at 04:16 PM.
BadtoeX3, When are you going to the States to see about the Ledderhose? Please let me know what happens with regard to that AND the removal of the plate which I also have (titanium plate and 5 screws). Thank you