What are cysts?

Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop on any part of the body. In our feet, they most commonly develop directly under the skin, although they can also be found in deeper bones, joints, and ligaments. They are often caused by improperly-fitting footwear or foot injuries. Some cysts might only be noticed if they cause pain or discomfort from rubbing up against footwear or infringing upon a nerve.

Ganglion cysts are some of the most common cysts that you might find in your feet. They are benign masses that may vary in size over time. Synovial cysts are slightly different than ganglion cysts at the cellular level, but they typically present in a similar way on your tendons or joints. A doctor might use a variety of imaging techniques (MRIs, X-rays, CAT scans, ultrasounds, etc.) to properly view your cyst.

How are cysts treated?

The first step in treating cysts is to try and alleviate pressure in your feet, often by using orthotics. If your doctor notices that your cyst is still growing or causing you discomfort, he or she might decide to drain it of its fluid and inject it with a steroid. If draining still proves unsuccessful, your doctor can elect to remove the cyst from the tendon or joint under local anesthesia. It is important to remember that even with treatment, some cysts are persistent and may return.

If you are from Central New York and are suffering from a painful cyst on your foot, you want to see a knowledgeable podiatrist who can provide you with a full range of treatment options. The clear choice is board-certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico of Syracuse Podiatry. At his Fayetteville office, Dr. D’Amico has digital x-ray and ultrasound technology to get the best look at your cysts and other pedal deformities. In addition to treating clubfoot, ingrown toenails, and diabetic feet, he can perform the reconstructive foot or ankle surgery you need to begin your road to recovery. Please contact us or call us at (315) 446-3668 to ask questions or schedule an appointment today!

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