Ganglion Cysts

Treatment and Information


A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with jellylike fluid that develops in the tendon sheath or joint capsule. The term “ganglion” is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump that grows beneath the skin’s surface.

Among the most frequent benign soft-tissue tumors are ganglion cysts. They most commonly form on the wrist, although they can also develop on the foot—usually on the top, but possibly elsewhere. Ganglion cysts can vary in size, and even disappear, only to reappear later. There are several treatment options for foot ganglion cysts.

Although the specific source of ganglion cysts is unknown, they may develop as a result of trauma, whether one-time or repeated microtrauma.

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A ganglion cyst on the foot may be treated in a number of ways:

  • Monitoring the cyst, modifying the shoe by changing the shoe itself or adding padding as necessary, or even draining the fluid and injecting a steroid.
  • The cyst may need to be surgically removed if other treatment options fail or are not appropriate. While the ganglion cyst recurrence rate associated with surgery is substantially lower than that associated with aspiration and injection therapy, the ganglion cyst might nonetheless reappear in certain situations.

Symptoms of a ganglion cyst may include a prominent lump (this is frequently the only sign).

If the cyst is near a nerve, it may cause tingling or burning. The cyst may be pressing against a tendon or joint, causing dull pain or ache. Irritation between the lump and the shoe can make it difficult to wear shoes.

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