man with ganglion cyst on his foot | Experienced Idaho PodiatristA ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jellylike fluid that develops in the tendon sheath or joint capsule. The term "ganglion" is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump that grows beneath the skin's surface.

Among the most frequent benign soft-tissue tumors are ganglion cysts. They most commonly form on the wrist, although they can also develop on the foot—usually on the top, but possibly elsewhere. 

Ganglion cysts can vary in size. They may even disappear, only to reappear later. Although ganglion cysts are not cancerous, they can cause symptoms that interfere with your daily activities. If you have a ganglion cyst on your foot, a podiatrist can help you determine the best treatment approach.

Causes of Ganglion Cysts

Although the specific cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, they may develop as a result of trauma, whether one-time or repeated microtrauma. Arthritic conditions, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can also be a factor. Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that inflammation of the tendon sheath and joint capsule may contribute to the formation of ganglion cysts.

Women are more likely than men to suffer from ganglion cysts. Ganglion cysts are most common in women between the ages of 20 and 40.

Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts

The primary symptom associated with a ganglion cyst is a painless, soft lump beneath the surface of the skin. The size and shape of this lump can vary. It may be round or oval-shaped and range from pea-size to nearly an inch in diameter.

If the cyst is near a nerve, it may cause tingling or burning. The cyst may be pressing against a tendon or joint, causing dull pain or ache. Irritation between the lump and the shoe can make it difficult to wear shoes. For example, if you have a ganglion cyst on your ankle, you might feel pain when you walk barefoot or wear shoes that rub against the lump.

Are You Suffering From Ganglion Cysts In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from ganlion cysts you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.