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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 04, 2015
Tags: ganglion cysts  

A cyst is a fluid filled sac under the skin. One of the most common benign types of cyst is called a ganglion cyst. This type of cyst is filled with a jelly-like fluid that comes from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. Ganglion means “knot” and it gets its name from the fact that the mass beneath the surface of the skin resembles a knot. A ganglion cyst can be a bit of a phantom. It can get larger or smaller or even completely disappear and then reappear. While doctors are not sure exactly what causes ganglion cysts, it is thought that they may be the result of trauma to the foot.

What are the Symptoms?

In some cases, the lump on the foot is the only noticeable symptom. Some patients that come to Philip S. Pinsker with a ganglion cyst also complain of:

  • Burning or tingling—this is often the case if the cyst is touching a nerve
  • A dull ache or pain—which can mean the cyst is pressing against a joint or tendon
  • Trouble wearing shoes because of the pressure they put on the lump

Diagnosing and Treating Ganglion Cysts

To find out for sure if the lump on your foot is a cyst, you will need to make an appointment at our Washington, PA office to have it evaluated. Our board certified podiatrist, Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. will conduct a complete examination of the foot. The lump will be pressed and manipulated so the foot doctor can see how it moves. The foot doctor may also remove a small amount of fluid from the cyst to have analyzed and possibly order an x-ray or other imaging study to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment options include using pads or orthotics in your shoes to prevent the cyst from getting rubbed and irritated and to reduce pressure on the cyst; draining the fluid from the cyst and then injecting a steroid into it. Sometimes cysts will return. For a persistent cyst, surgery may be recommended which usually results in a lower chance of the cyst coming back, although it is still possible.

All lumps should be evaluated by a podiatrist, regardless of their size or whether or not they are causing any pain or discomfort. If you have a lump anywhere on your foot, contact our office today.