Ganglion cysts contain jelly-like fluid and form a hard lump at the point of a joint or tendon. The word ganglion refers to the knot-like lump or mass that forms beneath the surface of your skin.
Causes and Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts of the Foot
Despite being the most common type of benign soft-tissue mass, doctors still do not know the precise cause of ganglion cysts. The most logical explanation is that they develop in response to repeated micro-traumas or a single trauma. Your ganglion cyst may change size and even appear to go away for a time only to return. Typical symptoms include:
- Appearance of a hard lump
- Pain and irritation when wearing shoes due to the friction caused between the lump and shoe
- Burning or tingling sensations if the cyst has developed near a nerve
- Dull ache or pain if the cyst presses against a tendon or joint
If you suspect you could have a ganglion cyst on your foot, schedule an appointment for podiatry services in Austin, TX right away.
What Are Your Treatment Options for a Ganglion Cyst?
If the cyst does not cause you pain or affect your walking, Dr. Lamour may decide to monitor it to see if it will go away on its own. Wearing different shoes or a temporary slipper shoe can also help. Draining the fluid from the cyst and injecting it with steroid medication in a process called aspiration and injection can also help. You may need to complete the process more than once, and the cyst may grow back even larger in some cases.
Surgical removal of the cyst is another possibility and it has a much lower recurrence rate than aspiration and injection. As an experienced podiatrist in Austin, TX, Dr. Lamour will discuss all treatment options and allow you to choose the one that seems right for you.