Posts for: November, 2015
A ganglion cyst is a jellylike fluid filled sac that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. They are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses, and arise from trauma – whether it is a single event or repetitive micro-trauma. Although they most often occur on the wrist, they also frequently develop on the foot – usually on the top, but elsewhere as well. Ganglion cysts vary in size, may get smaller and larger, and may even disappear completely only to return later.
Oftentimes, the only symptom experienced is a noticeable lump. There can be tingling and burning associated with the cyst if it is touching a nerve, or a dull ache or pain if it is pressing against a tendon or joint. Some experience difficulty wearing certain shoes due to irritation between the lump and the shoe.
To diagnose a ganglion cyst, Dr. Mendoza will perform a thorough examination of the foot. When pressed in a certain way, it should move freely underneath the skin. Sometimes the surgeon will shine a light through the cyst or remove a small amount of fluid from the cyst for evaluation.
There are various options for treating a ganglion cyst of the foot, including: making shoe modifications, aspirating and injecting, and surgical removal of the cyst.
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An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more of the ligaments or tendons that provide stability to the ankle. Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligaments and tendons are stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as the number of ligaments and tendons involved. It usually involves the outside of the ankle and can include the peroneal tendons, talofibular ligaments, and/or calcaneofibular ligament. More rarely it involves the inside of the ankle and the tibialis posterior tendon.
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, sudden twist, or blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Sometimes ankle sprains occur because of weak ankles, or previous ankle injuries can weaken the tendons and ligaments and lead to sprains.
Signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty walking, and stiffness of the joint. They may vary in intensity, depending on the severity of the sprain. If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, or call our office at 615-452-8899 or click here to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, immediately begin using RICE to help reduce swelling, pain, and further injury. It is important to see Dr. Mendoza right away – an untreated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability and it is important to check for bone fractures with an x-ray or MRI.
The Lisfranc joint is the point at which the metatarsal bones (long bones that lead to the toes) and the tarsal bones (bones in the arch of the foot) connect. There are three types of Lisfranc injuries: sprains, fractures, and dislocations. These injuries are not only commonly seen in football players, but also in automobile accidents and when the foot catches on a stirrup while falling from a horse.
Lisfranc injuries can sometimes be mistaken for ankle sprains due to the location, making the diagnostic process very important. X-rays and possibly an MRI may be necessary to fully evaluate the extent of the injury. Click here or call our office at 615-452-8899 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mendoza to determine if immobilization, anti-inflammatories, icing, or even surgery is the best treatment option for you!