At the Gentle Foot Care Clinic in Zephyrhills, Florida, there are many symptoms that people come in to get checked out by experienced podiatrist Dr. Rajnish Manohar. One of the symptoms that might be worth taking a closer look at is a mass or lump of tissue that forms on the foot called a ganglion cyst. Here’s some information to help you determine if that bump needs to be addressed.
What exactly is a Ganglion Cyst?
A ganglion cyst is a sac fulled of a jellylike fluid that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. The word “ganglion” means “knot” and is made use of to explain the knot-like mass or lump that forms below the surface area of the skin. Ganglion cysts are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses. Ganglion cysts vary in size, might get smaller and bigger, and may even vanish entirely, just to return later on.
Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts
A ganglion cyst is associated with several of the following symptoms:
- Dull pain or pains– which might suggest the cyst is pressing versus a tendon or joint
- A visible swelling– commonly this is the only sign experienced
- Trouble putting on shoes due to inflammation in between the lump and the shoe
- Tingling or burning, if the cyst is touching a nerve
Medical diagnosis of Ganglion Cysts
To identify a ganglion cyst, Dr. Rajnish Manohar will carry out a comprehensive examination of the foot when you visit his office in Zephyrhills, FL. The lump will certainly be visually evident and, when pressed in a particular way, it needs to move freely below the skin. In some cases Dr. Manohar will certainly shine a light through the cyst or remove a small amount of fluid from the cyst for evaluation. Dr. Manohar may take an x-ray, and sometimes extra imaging researches may be ordered.
Do I need surgery for my Ganglion Cyst?
When other treatment choices fail or are not proper, the cyst might need to be surgically gotten rid of. If Dr. Manohar believes you to be a good candidate for surgery, he will refer you to a trusted surgeon. While the reoccurrence rate connected with surgery is much lower than that experienced with aspiration and injection therapy, there are however cases in which the ganglion cyst returns.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Ganglion Cysts
There are different choices for dealing with a ganglion cyst on the foot:
- Shoe modifications.
Putting on shoes that do not rub the cyst or trigger inflammation might be advised. In addition, placing a pad inside the shoe may help reduce pressure versus the cyst.
- Monitoring, but no treatment.
If the cyst causes no discomfort and does not interfere with walking, Dr. Manohar might decide it is best to thoroughly view the cyst over an amount of time.
- Aspiration and injection.
This strategy includes draining the fluid then injecting a steroid medication into the mass. More than one session may be required. Although this approach is successful sometimes, in numerous others the cyst returns.
If you have a strange bump on your foot and think it might be a ganglion cyst, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904. Alternately, you can submit a request by clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.