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Radiotherapy for Plantar Fibromas (Ledderhose Disease)

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  • 1 Town Center Foot Clinic, Happy Valley, OR.
  • | 2 The Oregon Clinic Radiation Oncology, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR.
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Ledderhose disease (plantar fibromas) is histologically related to Dupuytren disease, which has been successfully treated for years with radiotherapy. Many conservative treatments have been advanced for plantar fibromas, including accommodative orthotic devices, which help but do not cure the disease. Surgery is considered the mainstay of treatment for this malady, but the failure rate has been as high as 100%, depending on the type of fasciectomy. Radiotherapy is a new, exciting modality that has shown promising results for treating plantar fibromas.

Corresponding author: John D. Mozena, DPM, Town Center Foot Clinic, 8305 SE Monterey, Ste 101, Happy Valley, OR 97086. (E-mail: jlmozena@aol.com)