Foot Cysts

The cause of foot cysts also known as ganglia is not totally understood some theories suggest that it is a result of repetitive trauma to the area. They are generally found in adult patients with a slightly higher incidence in women. Physical examination reveals a soft cystic movable mass of tissue. This mass, ranging in size from one to three centimeters, usually becomes more tense with age and can obstruct nearby tendons from gliding smoothly if allowed to reach a large size.
There are three main categories of action to treat ganglia, rupture via strong pressure, aspiration, and surgical removal.
Rupturing of ganglia is one of the first forms of treatment for the condition, with the procedure requiring heavy pressure or impact from a solid object, commonly a large book, placed on the ganglia. Rupture in this fashion is most effective in the early stages of ganglia formation when the capsule has not matured. In this way, manipulation can rupture the ganglia with massage to disperse the fluid into nearby tissue. The fluid will gradually be reabsorbed. If the ganglion reappears, this process can be repeated until the capsule matures.
Aspiration is a process in which "most of the gelatinous amber contents of the ganglion may be expressed through the needle hole in the skin and the remainder broken up and dispersed into the surrounding soft tissue. Fluid removed from the ganglion should be sent for cytological examination, with the amount of fluid and its physical characteristics recorded. This removal of fluid is usually followed up with the injection of sclerosing agents, enzymes, hormones or steroids. The final option for removal is surgical removal.

If you notice any of these lumps on your feet it is well worth getting a Podiatrist to check them out.









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