Ganglion cysts are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses. Although they most often occur on the wrist, they also frequently develop on the foot- usually on the top, but elsewhere as well. Ganglion cysts vary in size, may get smaller and larger, and may even disappear completely, only to return later.
Although the exact cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, they may arise from trauma- whether a single event or repetitive micro-trauma.
A ganglion cyst is associated with one or more of the following symptoms:
- A noticeable lump- often this is the only symptom experienced.
- Tingling or burning, if the cyst is touching a nerve.
- Dull pain or arch- which may indicate the cyst is pressing against a tendon or joint.
- Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation between the lump and shoe.
There are various options for treating a ganglion cyst on the foot:
- Monitoring, but no treatment. If the cyst causes no pain and does not interfere with walking, the surgeon may decide it is best to carefully watch the cyst over a period of time.
- Shoe modification. Wear shoes that do not rub the cyst or cause irritation may be advised. In addition, placing a pad inside the shoe may help reduce pressure against the cyst.
- Aspiration and injection. This technique involves draining the fluid and then injecting a steroid medication into the mass. More than one session may be needed. Although this approach is successful in some cases, in many others the cyst returns.
If you believe you have a ganglion cyst and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.
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