Ganglion Cyst
By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
May 09, 2018
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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.

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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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