Foot Cyst Removal
When you feel a lump on your foot or ankle, it’s concerning. But rest assured, not all bumps or lumps are cancerous. Regardless, you may be experiencing some pain or discomfort from this cyst, and removal is still the best option for you.
You’ll feel a cyst as a soft or firm lump under the skin. What you’re finding is a small, irregular closed sac of soft tissue filled with fluid leaking from a joint. These cysts can appear anywhere in the body, but because of how concentrated the joints are in your foot, it’s not uncommon for them to emerge there.
The most common cyst found on the feed is the ganglion cyst, which is a non-cancerous or benign cyst. And while they’re not dangerous, it’s still worth seeing a podiatrist if you suspect you have a cyst on your foot. At the Foot Specialists of Birmingham, we can give you a thorough exam to determine whether treatment and/or removal are necessary.
When you have a cyst pressing on surrounding tissues, especially if it’s in a weight-bearing area of the foot, treatment is the best option to avoid irritation, tingling, numbness and pain. So if your podiatrist determines that treatment is necessary, there are a couple of options:
- Custom orthotic devices
- Surgical cyst removal
Aspiration involves draining the cyst by puncturing it with a thin needle. After all the fluid has been eliminated, the area will be treated with a corticosteroid injection to relieve pressure. This method may improve your condition, but there’s always a chance that the cyst will come back since it’s not technically removed, just remedied.
Surgical removal is the most comprehensive option. Your podiatrist will likely suggest this treatment if your cyst is particularly painful or large, or if you’ve previously undergone aspiration that has proven unsuccessful.
Your foot doctor will determine whether you need a boot, cast, or need to stay entirely immobile from your foot while it heals. Your recovery period will vary depending on your treatment, but you can expect to be fully recovered within 2-6 weeks after surgical removal, and even sooner after aspiration.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle that you think could be caused by a cyst, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our podiatrists.