Ganglion cysts are benign lumps that appear on the foot, and sometimes hand. Although it is not a serious condition, the cysts can sometimes be problematic if their location means it is pressing on a nerve. This could cause pain, discomfort and numbness.
What do Ganglion Cysts Look Like?
A Ganglion cyst is a lump filled with fluid and can be anything from the size of a pea to over an inch wide. It may grow quickly, and sometimes it shrinks and returns down the line. The cyst typically forms on feet, ankles, hands and wrists. Depending on the site, they are sometimes solid and squishy to touch.
Symptoms of a Ganglion Cyst
- A solid or squishy lump on the foot or hand (may be painful)
- A burning, tingling or numbness in the area
- A dull ache in the area
- Mild mobility issues
- Discomfort wearing shoes
- Blisters caused by pressure from shoes
Ganglion Cyst – Causes
There is no real known course of ganglion cysts. However, it is thought some factors make people more vulnerable to them. Those with persistent joint injuries often develop ganglion cysts. Ailments relating to joints and tendons can cause tissue to expand and fill with fluid, leading to a cyst. Osteoarthritis sufferers are also at risk of ganglion cysts. They tend to be more common in women between the ages of twenty and forty, but anyone can develop one.
Ganglion Cyst – Treatment
If you suspect you have a ganglion cyst, the first thing to do is book an appointment with a podiatrist, such as Louisa Seymour Podiatry. The cyst must be assessed, and ultrasound is sometimes required. In rare cases, a sample of the fluid may be necessary.
Sometimes ganglion cysts shrink and vanish on their own without any form of treatment, but in the meantime, there are things you can do. If the cyst is not painful, just keep an eye on it, but you don’t need to do anything unless it gets worse or starts hurting.
If the cyst is causing pain, you can use over-the-counter medication, but only if recommended by your podiatrist. Applying a hot compress may help with discomfort and encourage blood flow and fluid drainage, Be sure only to wear shoes that are comfortable and fit well. Surgical cyst removal is rare.
Contact Louisa Seymour Podiatry to discuss your podiatry needs on 01277 266870.