A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jelly-like fluid that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. They are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses. A common symptom is a noticeable lump and possible burning if the cyst is touching a nerve. Treatment options vary based on the severity and location of the ganglion cyst.
What Causes a Ganglion Foot Cyst?
Ganglion cysts are caused by conditions that put added stress, pressure, and friction on the bottom or ball of the foot. The most common foot problems that cause ganglion cysts are:
- Bunions or hammertoes, which occur when the toes are crowded.
- Ill-fitting shoes that may compress certain areas of the foot when you walk, or repeatedly slide and rub against the foot.
- Not wearing socks with shoes can create friction between the shoe and foot.
Luckily, most of these conditions are preventable and relatively easy to treat when discovered early.
What Are the Symptoms of a Ganglion Cyst?
A ganglion cyst will start with mild symptoms which escalate if you do not receive the proper medical care. The most common symptom of cysts of the feet include:
- Thick, rough, hardened skin around the area receiving friction.
- A hardened raised bump of skin on your toe, foot, or heel.
- Tenderness, redness, soreness, and pain under the skin.
- Flaky, dry, or waxy skin.
If you have persistent foot pain or a visible bump or deformity on your foot that decreases your movement it may be due to a severe cyst. A professional consultation from a podiatrist specializing in ganglion cyst surgery is recommended to be sure.
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Treatment Options for Frisco Patients
Treatment options for Frisco patients may vary based on the length of time the cysts have been present and the severity of pain the cysts are causing at the time of diagnosis. While treatment will vary from person to person, cysts are commonly treated by:
- Changing to more comfortable shoes.
- Wearing shoe supports and inserts.
- Padding and taping your foot to alleviate pressure and pain.
- Medication to help control pain.
- Prescription orthotic devices to help with mobility.
Depending on the severity of your cysts and the cause, you may require surgical treatment to best treat your condition. Medical treatments for more severe cysts may include:
- Removal of the cyst to pare down the size of the growth.
- Salicylic acid patch applied to dissolve the cyst over time.
- Antibiotic medication to reduce the risk of infection.
- Custom-made foot insert or orthotics to prevent recurring cysts.
- Surgery if there is an underlying foot injury causing the cyst.
If you are suffering from pain or discomfort from ganglion cysts, call out Frisco office at (214) 385-8822 to schedule an appointment with Board Certified Dr. Verville.