A ganglion cyst is a fluid or jelly filled sac of tissue underneath your skin. These typically arise at joints or on tendons in the foot and ankle. Although non-cancerous, they can produce a significant amount of pain or discomfort. Patients may notice they continue to increase in size and may continue to fluctuate. Depending on the location, a cyst may press upon a nerve or reduce motion at a joint, causing further discomfort and disability. You may experience sharp, burning, tingling, dull or aching pain.
The cause of ganglion cysts is unknown. It important to be evaluated by a Foot and Ankle specialist to determine the proper diagnosis. Although ganglion cysts may go away on their own, your specialist may recommend a drainage of the cyst or a biopsy to cofirm the diagnosis. You may also be referred for advanced imaging studies such as an MRI. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, there are various options for treatment. Come see our specialists today for a proper evaluation and a recommended treatment plan.
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