Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc. -  - Podiatry

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc.

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, & Westlake Village, CA

A cyst is a fluid- or pus-filled sac that can form on any part of your body, including your foot or ankle. The foot is especially prone to the development of ganglion cysts. The specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., with offices in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, and Westlake Village, California, provide expert care for any condition that affects your feet or ankles, including cysts. Call today or schedule an appointment online for an evaluation.

Cyst Q & A

What is a cyst?

A cyst is an abnormal growth filled with fluid that can occur anywhere on your body. Cysts often look like blisters, can vary in size, and cause a noticeable swelling, but aren't usually painful. They can also be soft or hard.

What causes cysts to develop?

Doctors aren’t sure of the exact mechanism that causes a cyst to develop, but there are factors that may contribute to the creation of the fluid-filled sac.

Common causes of a cyst include:

  • Trauma, specifically the ganglion cyst
  • Blocked duct
  • Popped blood vessel
  • Cell abnormalities

A cyst should always be evaluated by a doctor. If your cyst is located on your foot or ankle, the specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. can evaluate it and develop a personalized treatment plan for the management of your cyst.

What is a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a cyst that originates from the sheath of your tendon or joint capsule. While these types of cysts most often develop in the wrist, they can also form in your foot.

Symptoms of a ganglion cyst include:

  • Noticeable lump or mass in the foot
  • Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation of the cyst
  • Dull ache if the ganglion cyst is pressing against your tendon or joint
  • Tingling if the cyst is pressing against a nerve

Your specialist at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. can determine if your cyst is a ganglion cyst after a thorough examination. Your specialist may take a sample of the liquid in your cyst for testing or conduct an X-ray.

What is the treatment for cysts?

Treatment of your cyst depends on the size, type, and symptoms. With a ganglion cyst, your specialist at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. may take a wait-and-see approach, monitor your cyst, and take action if it causes more problems.

If your cyst is causing pain, changing your shoes may be all that’s necessary to relieve your symptoms. Your specialist can also treat your ganglion cyst by draining the fluid and injecting a steroid. They may need to repeat this procedure a few times.

If you fail to get relief from the more conservative treatments, your specialist may surgically remove your ganglion cyst. However, even after removal, you ganglion cyst may still come back.

For treatment and management of a cyst that develops on your foot or ankle, call Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.