Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled lumps that can be painful. Although ganglion cysts arise most frequently on the hands and wrists, they can also affect the feet.
Visit Dr. Stuart J. Mogul in NYC as soon as possible if you experience one of these typical soft-tissue injuries. Early intervention can prevent the cyst from getting worse and avoid the need for future foot surgery. Here is what you should know if a ganglion cyst is affecting your feet.
What Causes Ganglion Cysts?
Doctors still do not know what causes ganglion cysts. Some medical professionals think soft tissue injuries cause cysts and the ganglion cyst is a collection of multiple smaller cysts. Others speculate that the cyst is caused by connective tissue bulging due to a joint defect. People who develop ganglion cysts frequently cannot identify any form of trauma or other events that occurred before the cyst’s emergence.
What Are the Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts?
The first sign is usually the cyst, a soft, immobile bump. Next, some people report throbbing, tingling or aching pain. These symptoms may result from applying pressure to or stretching the affected area.
The pain from ganglion cysts on the foot is typically brought on by walking or wearing shoes. Meanwhile, pain that radiates into the arm may be brought on by ganglion cysts on the wrist, hands or fingers.
Cysts typically grow more prominent over time, unexpectedly shrink or even vanish entirely, only to resurface later. Therefore, it is best to see a doctor immediately rather than wait to see if a cyst on your foot goes away.
How are Ganglion Cysts Treated?
There are a few options if you require treatment for your ganglion cyst. First, Dr. Mogul can remove the fluid from the cyst using a needle (in an aspiration process) and may inject corticosteroids to ease the inflammation. This procedure can be completed in the doctor’s office and is quick and easy. However, about 50% of ganglion cysts removed in this manner will return. The cyst can also be removed surgically. This simple foot surgery can be carried out under local or general anesthesia.
Scheduling an Appointment for Ganglion Cyst Removal
Since ganglion cysts often disappear on their own after a few years, many people with them forego treatment. However, you should contact a doctor if the cyst is causing you discomfort or restricting your mobility.
You can trust that you will get the highest quality of care from Dr. Mogul, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with a global reputation for excellence. Call us today to book your appointment and consultation.