Even though a ganglion cyst often starts out as a minor nuisance, without proper treatment, it can develop into a hardened mass and cause ongoing pain. But at Premier Foot & Ankle, with locations in Dallas, Plano, Allen, Mesquite, Celina, McKinney, Sherman and Frisco, Texas, you can undergo personalized ganglion cyst treatments right in the office. Get relief from your ganglion cyst by booking an exam either online or over the phone today.
You have dozens of joints and connective tendons in each of your feet. These components are linked together by a protective capsule that’s filled with a cushioning jellylike fluid, which keeps everything lubricated for smooth gliding movements.
When you suffer from acute trauma or repeated stress on your feet — like from distance running or certain sporting activities — these protective capsules rupture, and they develop tiny holes. As a result, the inside jellylike fluid begins leaking out, which forms the mass known as a ganglion cyst.
In most cases, ganglion cysts form on the top of your foot, although it’s also common to develop them over your ankle.
In early stages, a ganglion cyst starts out as a soft mass or lump, which can certainly be a troublesome site. Sometimes, ganglion cysts get smaller or larger, disappear, then come back again later on. Depending on the severity of your ganglion cyst, you may experience:
At Premier Foot & Ankle, you meet with a dedicated podiatrist who examines your ganglion cyst and talks with you about your symptoms. They may perform an ultrasound or X-ray to rule out joint damage or related conditions. Once your podiatrist has a clear diagnosis, they talk with you about your treatment options.
It’s important to get treatment for a ganglion cyst, even if your symptoms are minor or if the cyst seems to disappear. Without proper treatment, a ganglion cyst can continue coming back and even turn into a hardened mass. Some of the most effective treatments for a ganglion cyst include:
If you have a more severe ganglion cyst or one that continues coming back, your podiatrist from Premier Foot & Ankle may recommend surgery. Ganglion cyst surgery involves removing the entire cyst and the stalk it grows from, so you won’t have to worry about ongoing issues.
If you have a ganglion cyst, you can get the comprehensive treatment you need at Premier Foot & Ankle. Book your ganglion cyst exam online or call your closest office to schedule a visit.