If someone stomped on your foot in the crowd at the Carson City Nevada Day Parade and a squishy bump has formed on the top, you may want to get it checked out. Ganglion cysts can form suddenly or over time, but they’re nothing to ignore, especially if they’re big and painful. Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, has more information on ganglion cyst care.
There are many ways to treat a cyst on your foot, depending on how big the lump is and if it is painful or not. A small growth could simply require some monitoring over time, especially if it doesn’t hinder your walking style or shoe choice, or cause you any pain. If it’s hard to fit your foot into your shoes without irritating the area and causing discomfort, new shoes could be a requirement. Shoe pads have been known to take pressure off the area, too.
More involved treatment requires draining the fluid in your foot and then injecting a steroid medication into the area to try and reduce the chances that it will return. For some people, this treatment keeps the cyst away. However, others experience a recurrence of the cyst. In those cases, the mass may require surgery.
Surgery is a good option to keep your cyst from coming back. The chances of it returning are much lower that with drainage and injection. The size and location of your lump will determine if you need surgery in the office or at the hospital. After the cyst is removed, we will ask you to rest and possibly immobilized your foot in a splint. This is to ensure that the area receives the best healing possible, eliminating the chance of infection, scarring, or stiffness in the joints.
Ganglion cyst care is something that should be done sooner rather than later. That way, if you need surgery, we can perform the procedure while the growth is still small and less likely to hinder you from your daily life. Please call Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, at (775) 783-8037 to schedule a check-up with Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville. In the meantime, learn more about your feet on our Facebook and Pinterest pages!