If you have an abnormal lump on your foot that aches or burns, you might have a ganglion cyst. At Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers with multiple locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, Michigan, the expert podiatrists diagnose ganglion cysts and provide customized treatment to alleviate your pain. Call Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers or schedule a consultation online today.

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What is a ganglion cyst?

Ganglion cysts are benign, fluid-filled sacs that form in tendon sheaths or joint capsules. The cysts get their name because they look like knots that form under your skin — ganglion means knot. The cysts develop on the wrist most often but are also frequently found on the foot.

Ganglion cysts vary in size and can become bigger or smaller over time. Your cyst might even disappear for a while and then return.

Medical researchers haven’t identified a specific cause of ganglion cysts, but they believe that the cysts grow after some type of trauma, either acute or repetitive microtraumas.

What are the symptoms of a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst appears as a bump on the top of your foot. It might ache or cause a dull pain, and this means the cyst is putting pressure on a tendon or joint. If your cyst tingles or burns, it indicates that the mass is pressing on a nerve. Depending on the size and the location of your ganglion cyst, you might find shoes uncomfortable.

What tests diagnose ganglion cysts?

The team of expert podiatrists diagnoses ganglion cysts with thorough exams. Your doctor touches the cyst — it should move freely under your skin. Your podiatrist might also shine a light through the cyst or use a needle to extract a small amount of fluid for testing. In some cases, they might order X-rays or other imaging studies if more information is needed or to rule out other conditions.

What’s the treatment for ganglion cysts?

At Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers, the team of podiatrists provides customized treatment plans for ganglion cysts. For example, they might recommend a conservative “wait-and-watch” approach if your cyst is small and not causing any painful symptoms. Your podiatrist might also suggest changing your shoes or wearing custom orthotic shoe inserts.

Your podiatrist might also recommend aspiration and injection, a nonsurgical treatment to drain the cyst, and provide steroid medication to reduce any lingering inflammation. When nonsurgical treatment isn’t effective or appropriate, the podiatrists at Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers can surgically remove your ganglion cyst.

If you have a sore lump on your foot, call Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and customized treatment.