For men, foot pain is often associated with stress fractures or ligament tears. For some, men, however, the complications of foot pain may be associated with a bone tumor. If you suffer from foot pain, it is important to be evaluated by a physician who specializes in foot disorders, so as to determine if the complication is, indeed, related to a rare tumor.
When a bone tumor is found to be the underlying cause an origin of foot pain in men, it is possible the complication may be associated with a very rare type of tumor that arises out of the cartilage in the foot. This type of tumor is known as a chondromyxoid fibroma (CMF). While women can fall victim to this type of rare tumor, it is more prevalent in men with a ratio of men to women, 2:1.
How do you know if you suffer from a chondromyxoid fibroma tumor? Most often, the first signs are pain and swelling to the touch but do not limit your movement or range of motion in the foot. In some men, however, there may be no symptoms as the tumor continues to grow and found in routine x-rays. With or without symptoms, the chondromyxoid fibroma tumor can most often be found in men when they reach their late 20s or 30s.
Without proper intervention, chondromyxoid fibroma tumor will continue to grow and often deteriorates the bone in the foot. On x-rays, the damage to the bone in the foot can clearly be seen and this may, ultimately, lead to the need for surgical repair in addition to excision of the tumor itself. Often, when bone damage is implicated with the chondromyxoid fibroma, the use of allogenic bone is required to stabilize the bones in the feet and return the foot stability to as normal a state as possible. In rare cases, when to diagnosed and treated promptly, there may be a need to completely amputate the foot to prevent further fibroma growth and further bone deterioration into the lower limb.
When visiting with a podiatrist, and there is a risk that your foot complications involve the development of a fibroma, you will want to ask the podiatrist about the clear distinction between chondromyxoid fibroma and other types of tumor development. Oftentimes, the chondromyxoid fibroma is misdiagnosed, initially, as a parosteal chondroma for which a different type of treatment protocol may be established.
Foot pain in men is expected especially with specific types of health conditions, physical activities and with aging. For men in their 20s and 30s, when foot pain is associated with swelling, it is important to seek the medical attention of a podiatrist to determine if your condition is related to the rare, cartilage forming, and tumor known as the chondromyxoid fibroma.