22 Dec Is This A Cyst On My Foot? How Do I Treat It?
It can be a moment of complete shock and anxiety.
Your foot has been hurting you and now when you look at it, a hard bump has appeared that doesn’t seem to be going away.
Cysts that grow on the top of the foot are most commonly known as Ganglion cysts, or Bible cysts. Similar to blisters, Ganglion cysts are filled with clear, sticky liquid, but they differ in that they protrude from the foot—or hands, fingers, knees, or ankles.
Seventy percent of Ganglion cysts occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. The cyst appears like a small bump between 1 to 3 centimeters in length and might change in size. Sixty-five percent of Ganglion cysts cause pain, particularly when they are situated by a joint. When that joint is flexed, chronic pain usually occurs.
Some believe that blunt trauma to an area causes Ganglion cysts to develop, breaking down the joint tissue to form those small bumps that combine into a larger mass. Others suspect that a flaw in the joint tissue is the more likely culprit. In either case, treatment is critical.
Treatment For Cyst On FOot
In the olden days, home remedies might have included smashing the cyst with a heavy book in order to squash the infection. This was known as the “Bible Treatment” and is the likely etymology of the term “Bible Cyst.” Lucky for you, in these modern times, Cherrywood Foot Care is here to offer state-of-the-art, high-tech treatments to all of your foot care needs, including properly removing these painful aberrations. No Bible Treatment here, folks.
Team Cherrywood’s team of podiatrists will first examine, then diagnose and treat these cysts through a range of therapies. Aspiration of the cyst with a needle syringe is one of these treatments, as is conducting an ultrasound to determine if the cyst is solid or liquid-filled. Treatment might also include an injection of an anti-inflammatory or steroid. In especially tough cases, surgery can be required.
If a cyst grows suddenly on the top of your foot—and even if it disappears for a bit before coming back—come see us at Cherrywood Foot Care.
We’re here to help and promise to get you back on your feet in no time!