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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help Plantar Fibroma?

Learn about plantar fibromas, its symptoms and how to reduce them, and whether you can find any benefit from using apple cider vinegar.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Updated March 30, 2023.

A plantar fibroma is a nodule in the arch of the foot that develops in the plantar fascia. Though benign, this nodule continues to grow slowly over time. It then begins to cause pain while walking, running, or performing ordinary activities of daily living.

Symptoms of Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma begins with a nodule that is barely noticeable in the foot arch. As it grows, pain becomes the primary symptom. A point comes when you begin to feel the pressure of the nodule in the sole of your foot as if you’re stepping on a rock. At this stage, the lump is also noticeable at the base of your foot.

Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat a Plantar Fibroma

Treatment of plantar fibroma aims to relieve pain and reduce any growth. To do this, you can use apple cider vinegar, a substance produced by further fermenting apple cider.

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity properties. When used, it can lead to the quick dissolution of the hardening tissue. You can soak a piece of tissue or towel in the vinegar and tape it to the sole of the affected foot overnight, allowing time for absorption to take place.

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Reducing Plantar Fibroma Symptoms

While there is no verifiable medical evidence about the efficacy of apple cider vinegar in managing plantar fibroma, there are many patient-specific reports about its effectiveness. Thus, several studies are ongoing into the nature of its effect.

In its place, you can also consider other home treatments such as the use of ice, orthotics (gel, foam pad, and insoles), massage, and stretching exercises.

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