Ledderhose disease

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Ledderhose disease is a condition that affects the feet. It is a thickening of the fascia, a fibrous tissue, located on the flexor tendons of the toes. Nodules, or small protuberances, seep under the flexor tendons. This disease affects adults and sometimes occurs after surgery or after immobilization by a cast. The equivalent pathology localized on the hand is called Dupuytren's disease.


Symptoms of Ledderhose disease are:
  • nodules in the foot;
  • a fairly strong pain when walking;
  • discomfort and the feeling of the presence of a foreign body;
  • deflection of the rear part of the foot inward: a varus deviation;
  • deformation of toes.


To diagnose Ledderhose disease, after examination, palpation of the foot will help map out the nodules of various sizes. In case of doubt, the doctor sometimes uses an ultrasound for a better visualization of nodules.


The treatment of Ledderhose disease is purely surgical. The procedure can have serious consequences and should be reserved only for cases that are incapacitating. When the disease is still at an early stage, it is possible to use a technique called fasciotomy, which involves the removal of the fibrous tissue, performed under local anesthesia.