A ganglion cyst is a growth that occurs on a tendon, ligament, or muscle with a primary characteristic being the thick, jelly-like liquid produced in a soft sack on or around the affected component. On your feet, these cysts can appear in clusters on the top of the foot. Ganglion cysts often grow under thick skin and can be difficult to diagnose without the assistance of your trusted foot doctor.
When a ganglion cyst affects a foot nerve, it can cause a tingling sensation in your toes or other parts of the foot. Other times the cysts may not cause any problems. However, you should have bumps on your feet checked out by your podiatrist to rule out skin cancer.
Treatment for ganglion cysts may include the following:
- Fluid removal and steroid injection—The thick, jelly-like fluid in the cyst is sucked out with a hypodermic needle. Steroid solution is added to help prevent the regrowth of the cyst.
- Custom orthotic inserts—These specially made orthotic shoe inserts are used to redirect pressure away from the cyst so as to decrease irritation and allow it to heal.
Cysts that do not resolve or improve with the above treatments may require more aggressive surgery to properly treat.
If you suspect that you may have a ganglion cyst, see your foot doctor for an evaluation. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.