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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Ganglion Cysts: Knot to Worry | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Ganglion Cysts: Knot to Worry

When patients come to us at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists with a ganglion cyst on their foot the first thing we tell them is “Don’t worry, it’s a benign lump.” Ganglion means knot, and this is an apt description of the lump that forms under the surface of the skin, usually on the top of your foot. The cyst is actually a sac filled with jelly-like fluid and it forms around a tendon sheath or joint capsule. Ganglion cysts are usually caused by some sort of trauma or irritation. Either a single, significant blow or injury to the foot may cause the cyst or it can be the result of repetitive microtrauma such as the pressure of frequently wearing heavy work boots.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Although ganglion cysts are not harmful, they can be quite painful depending on their size and location. A dull ache may be felt if the cyst is pressing on a joint or tendon. In addition to pain, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Burning or tingling if the cyst is touching a nerve
  • Irritation from shoes

In some cases, the only symptom will be a lump.

Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will diagnose a ganglion cyst by doing a physical examination of your feet and the lump in particular. In many cases there are specific characteristics of the lump that will confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, the foot doctor will remove a small amount of fluid from the sac to send to the lab. X-rays or other imaging studies may also be ordered.

If the cyst is not impeding walking or causing pain or discomfort, the foot doctor may just monitor the cyst, checking it periodically for changes. If the cyst is making walking uncomfortable, the podiatrist may try one or more of the following treatments:

  • Aspiration and injection—fluid is drained from the cyst and then a steroid medication is injected into it to shrink or eliminate the cyst.
  • Shoe modifications—depending on where the cyst is, you may be able to choose shoes that will not rub or press against the cyst. Special pads placed inside the shoe may also cushion the area and reduce pressure.

If conservative methods do not work, the foot doctor may recommend surgery. Whether removed by aspiration or surgery, ganglion cysts can recur.

If you have found a lump in your foot, contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841 for an appointment to get it evaluated.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Ganglion Cysts: Knot to Worry, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen