FAQs About Treating Ledderhose Disease

Ledderhose disease is a rare genetic disorder that results in a benign growth on the foot. Due to the pain associated with the disease, it is important that you take action to alleviate the symptoms of the condition. Some people have turned to traditional medicine, while others have opted for natural treatments. If you are unsure which is best for you, it is important to understand the possible options. 

Traditional Medicine

Ledderhose disease can sometimes lead to pain while walking, so ignoring the condition is not an option for many. In the early stages of the condition, your doctor might recommend observing the nodules from the disease to determine if they are going to become more painful or grow. During that period, he or she might prescribe pain medication to help control the symptoms.  

If the nodules continue to grow or the pain intensifies, your doctor might recommend surgery to remove the nodules. Although surgery is an effective method of getting rid of the nodules at the time, there is a slight possibility that they will return in the future.  

To reduce the chances of this occurring, your doctor might recommend the use of gels or injections that are specifically designed for Ledderhose disease. For instance, a collagenase injection can sometimes helps with reducing the likelihood of a recurrence for some people who suffer from the disease. 

Natural Remedies

Depending on the severity of the nodules that have developed on your foot and the intensity of the pain you are experiencing, natural remedies might be an option for treating the condition. For instance, stretching is often used to help reduce the effects of the condition.  

In fact, following surgery, your doctor might recommend that you perform daily stretching exercises to help with circulation. Good circulation promotes healing and helps with regulating the growth of cells, which could mean a smaller chance of having new nodules develop.  

Some people have turned to supplements to help with the symptoms. If you are planning to use supplements, talk to your podiatrist before starting. He or she can provide you with invaluable information about the health benefits of using the supplements and help determine if there are negative consequences to using them.  

Your podiatrist can help you explore other traditional medical options and natural remedies to help deal with Ledderhose disease. The sooner you receive treatment, the less impact the disease will have on your everyday life. For more information on Ledderhose disease, contact a group like the Dupuytren's Disease Support Group.