A ganglion cyst is a lump that forms underneath the skin on the joints of the hands or feet. They can get as large as the size of a grape and often cause pain and discomfort as well as interfere with movement of that joint. Ganglion cysts can appear suddenly and sometimes get larger or more painful with increased movement of the joint. Anyone can develop a cyst, but they are most common in adults 15 to 40 years old.
The exact cause for ganglion cysts is unknown, but physicians believe them to be related to overuse or repetitive motions, arthritis, inflammation or irritation of the tendon or the joint, or from an injury to the affected area. They usually go away without requiring treatment. However, if you have a ganglion foot cyst that is painful or interfering with your movements, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists in Jensen Beach or at another South Florida location. You can also click here to request an appointment online.
What are Ganglion Cysts?
Ganglion cysts are large, visible bumps that form under the skin. They grow out of the tissues that surround the joints in your hands or feet. They can appear quickly and then sometimes disappear just as fast. Ganglion cysts in the foot do not always require treatment because they are usually harmless. The only time that treatment is necessary is if it is causing foot pain or prohibiting movement. Doctors do not yet understand the exact cause of ganglion cysts. Most of the time ganglion cysts appear in patients like gymnasts, who constantly put a lot of pressure on their wrists and ankles with repetitive movements. It is also common in arthritis patients.
Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts
The most obvious symptom of a ganglion cyst is the visible lump that it causes. In some cases, the cyst will cause pain and tenderness in the area where it has developed. Since the cysts form out of joints, they can often cause mobility problems in that area of the foot. Increased movement or continuing the repetitive movements that might have caused the cyst to form in the first place can increase pain and also cause the cyst to press against a nerve, which causes numbness and tingling.
Treatment for Ganglion Cysts
In some cases, treatment is not necessary for ganglion cysts. They are usually harmless and sometimes disappear just as quickly as they appeared. If the cyst is not causing you any discomfort, we can also decide to just monitor the site or constrain it. In many cases, resting and not moving the affected area helps the cyst go away. If the cyst is causing pain or limiting movements, a doctor can drain it. This can also be done if the sight of the large cyst is troubling enough that you want to have it removed rather than waiting for it to go away. We perform this treatment in our office.
Diagnosing Ganglion Cysts
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for treatment of a ganglion cyst on your foot? There is no need to worry about your visit to the podiatrist. Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet in good health. Diagnosing a ganglion cyst requires a physical examination of the affected area. The doctor will also take a look at your medical history and ask you a series of questions about your physical activity. You should be prepared with information including when the cyst appeared, what you were doing immediately before or at the time it appeared, and describe your level of pain. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with different types of conditions that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, and ankles.
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The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating and diagnosing patients and providing treatment to relieve the pain associated with ganglion cysts. Our doctors will concentrate on relieving pain and discomfort and helping you prevent joint pain and related issues in the future.
Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Jensen Beach podiatrists are very experienced in diagnosing and treating ganglion cysts. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment.