Some things in life are an absolute mystery. A prime example is Stonehenge in England. We might know some things about when and how it was built, but was it a temple, a burial ground, or an ancient calendar? No one knows for sure. Certain medical conditions—like a ganglion cyst—are also a mystery. We may know that they exist, but aren’t sure why.
Whereas no one knows the actual cause of these foot cysts, the current best theory is that they result from trauma to the area. It seems as though affected connective tissues liquefy or degenerate into a “ganglionic jelly.” The tissue that doesn’t liquefy encloses the fluid and becomes a cyst.
Symptoms of a cyst begin with the obvious lump on your foot. These bumps vary in size and location, but other symptoms to note include burning, pain, limited motion, skin irritation, and discomfort or pain while wearing shoes.
Diagnosing this condition is often based on physical examination, including appearance and feel. In order to establish if the foot cyst is ganglionic, it is important to establish whether it is filled with solid or liquid matter.
Treatment for a ganglion cyst depends on the actual symptoms you experience. If the cyst is small and not causing pain, we may simply choose to monitor the situation. Should it be causing pain or discomfort, we will likely start by draining it. Due to the fact that recurrence is frequent, surgery may be recommended. When this is the case, we will discuss your options carefully so you can make an informed decision that you are comfortable with.
Whenever you observe something out of the ordinary with your feet or ankles, whether it’s a noticeable bump or a painful sensation, Richardson Podiatry Associates is here to help. Simply contact our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form and request an appointment today.