Ganglion cysts are benign (which means non-cancerous) growths that occur as bumps on the top of your foot. They are soft, fluid filled sacs that are immovable, and may grow just beneath the surface of the skin making them hard to detect. They usually grow on a ligament, tendon, or muscle, and are frequently found in clusters. The fluid inside the cyst is sticky and jelly-like. They often change size, disappear, and return, but the actual cause is often difficult to determine. If a ganglion cyst is growing on a nerve, you may notice a slight tingling sensation reaching your toes.
In most cases, a ganglion cyst is not going to be a major problem, and they don’t always cause pain. But if you do notice a growth on your foot, you should have it evaluated and treated by your foot doctor to make sure it isn’t malignant (cancer!). Treatment for ganglion cysts may include removing the fluid with a needle and injecting a steroid solution to keep the cyst from returning. Custom orthotic inserts can also help move the pressure away from the cyst and allow healing to commence more rapidly.
Always keep an eye on any unusual bumps on your feet, and if they change size, go away, and return multiple times, or if they cause pain and discomfort when you wear shoes, it may be necessary to discuss a surgical intervention for adequate relief.
If you are concerned about a possible cyst or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!