Have you noticed a bump on your foot? It may be a ganglion cyst! Ganglion cysts are fluid filled sacs that usually occur on joints or on the covering of a tendon. They are common with about 200,000 cases reported in the US annually.
A ganglion cyst is typically found on either the back of the hand near the wrist or on the top of the foot. Typically the cyst does not cause pain, but it can become painful when it is compressed by tight fitting shoes or if is compressing a nerve.
Ganglion cysts used to be commonly referred to as “bible cysts” because it was a common household treatment to smash the cyst with the largest book available, usually a bible. Fortunately medical technology has moved forward since these times and the most common treatment is to drain the sac with a needle. Also, it is not uncommon for a ganglion cyst to resolve on their own after a few months time.
If you or a loved one has a ganglion cyst on your foot which is painful, call to make an appointment at any of Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC office. We have friendly doctors and staff waiting to help you get back on your feet again and enjoying life!