Ganglion Cysts are swollen bumps on foot or ankle joints & tendons caused by repeated irritation. They can put pressure on surrounding nerves and cause serious discomfort.
Ganglions can often be treated nonsurgically, but surgery can at times be required. The podiatrists and surgeons at AFACC always look to conservative treatment first, and only suggest surgery when absolutely necessary.
If you think you may have a Ganglion cyst, find the AFACC podiatry clinic nearest you to have your injury assessed, or fill out the appointment form to the left. For more information on Ganglion cysts, read below.
What is a Ganglion Cyst and How is it Caused?
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled bump originating from the lining of a joint or tendon. They most often appear on the ankle or top of the foot. Ganglions tend to change in size and can be painful.
Ganglions can be caused by repeated irritation. Arthritis with resulting bone spurs can also damage joint or tendon linings that lead to a ganglion cyst.
Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts
Ganglions are often non-painful. However, if the ganglion puts pressure on surrounding nerves in the overlying skin, it can be very painful. Ganglions are often accompanied with swelling.
Diagnosis & Treatment of Ganglion Cysts
Your podiatric physician will perform a complete examination and occasionally additional tests are used to confirm the diagnosis. Tests may include X-rays, fluid aspiration, or MRI.
Nonsurgical methods are often helpful in treating ganglion cysts. Removal of fluid from the cyst, and occasionally cortisone injections, are used to relieve pain and shrink the cysts. Many times the cysts will resolve following these conservative treatments. Surgical treatment options are also available for recurrent or painful cysts.
Early examination and treatment by your Advanced Foot and Ankle Care Center podiatric physician can help to resolve your cyst in a timely fashion – for more information, contact us today to schedule an appointment at the AFACC clinic nearest you.