A Ganglion is a very common form of non-cancerous soft tissue growth that can develop on the foot or ankle. They usually form on the top of the foot or around the ankle area because of routine wear and tear of tendons and joints. This condition can become painful when it becomes large and rubs against the inside of shoes or presses against a nerve.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Padding to reduce pressure on the ganglion.
- Ice to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Medical assistance to drain the cyst using a syringe and needle and a cortisone injection to reduce swelling. However, there can be risks with cortisone such as a change in the coloring of the skin at the injection site, cartilage nearby becoming weak, ligament or tendon ruptures and related infections.
- Surgical procedures may also be utilized to remove the ganglion. Surgeries of this nature are successful for the most part, however, this condition can occasionally return. Side effects or risks that are associated with this type of surgery can include infections, arthritis, tendonitis, entrapment of a nerve, extended amount of time for full recovery, scarring at the incision site, a nagging pain that remains or no reduction in any pain, and toes or a foot that may be amputated as a result of an infection.
It is important to have this condition treated in a timely manner and to never attempt to pierce and drain the ganglion yourself because it could cause a severe infection. Therefore, please contact us to receive quality treatment that can reduce the size of this cyst or have it removed completely if necessary. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., are here to help you maintain optimal foot and ankle health! Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (404) 355-4522.
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