They are masses of tissues filled with jelly-like fluid that usually develops underneath the surfaces of the foot’s skin. They form on the top of the foot and can also develop in other areas. Size may vary throughout its lifespan as it can get either smaller or larger over time. It can also vanish and recur later.
Symptoms of Ganglion Cyst
The most common symptoms of a ganglion cyst include a visible lump, discomfort, and pain. If the cyst is on your foot or ankle, you may feel discomfort when walking or wearing shoes. If it’s near a nerve, a ganglion cyst can sometimes cause a loss of mobility, numbness, pain, and a tingling sensation.
Causes of Ganglion Cyst
Ganglion cyst occur when fluid accumulates in a joint or around the tendons in your hand, wrist, ankle, or foot. This accumulation can occur due to injury, trauma, or overuse, but often the cause is unknown.
Ganglion cyst are more likely to develop in women and people who repeatedly stress their wrists, such as gymnasts.
Diagnose Ganglion Cyst
Your doctor will first examine the lump. They’ll ask you about your medical history and how long you’ve had the lump. They’ll also ask you about your symptoms. They may order imaging tests, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI, especially if they can’t see the lump. They may take a sample of the fluid in the cyst for testing.
How to treat Ganglion Cyst
Depending on the severity of the ganglion cyst, it can be treated through various methods. Consultation with experts is recommended. When other treatment options fail or are not appropriate, the cyst may need to be surgically removed.