Against your better judgment and everything you have read on this blog…you did it! You wore your 4 inch heels during an all day shopping spree. Everything was going fine until you stepped wrongly and twisted your foot. Thankfully you did not sprain your ankle, but a few days later you notice a large bump on the top of your foot. The bump feels like there is jelly inside of it and it kind of hurts when you press on it. Worse of all this bump is making it harder to wear any of your shoes, including your high heels! What is this thing?
If the above scenario sounds like something that has happened to you, it is possible that you may have a ganglion cyst. A ganglion cyst is a bump filled with fluid that forms underneath the skin. They tend to grow on ligaments or between bones. These cysts are very common. They usually develop on the wrist, but they can also arise on the top or bottom of the foot. Ganglion cysts are not harmful or cancerous, but they can be annoying. The fluid inside the ganglion cysts can thicken over time, making the cyst larger and making it difficult to fit into your shoes.
No one knows what really causes a ganglion cyst, but they are linked to injury or too much stress on the foot. This is why it is important to wear the proper footwear especially if you are going to be on your feet for long periods of time. Some ganglion cysts do not cause pain. However, some people may feel a dull pain. It is also possible to feel tingling or burning if the cyst is touching a nerve. A ganglion cyst can disappear by itself, but it is very common for it to return.
In the past ganglion cysts were known as bible cysts because people would smash them with bibles to get rid of them! Please do NOT do this! You can seriously hurt your foot. Instead, schedule an appointment at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center for a proper diagnosis. Bumps and bruises related to a foot injury should always be inspected by a podiatrist to avoid any serious issues. With our locations at Howell, Edison, and Monroe, New Jersey, we are not too far away from you. Once you have been diagnosed, treatment depends on how big the cyst is and how much the cyst affects your daily activities. Your podiatrist may first monitor the cyst to see if it will go away by itself or use shoe pads to reduce pressure on the cyst. Another, and usually successful, option is to remove the fluid from the cyst (aspiration) and inject the cyst with a steroid medication. If the cyst is very painful, surgery may be the best option.
Ganglion cysts are common, but you may be able to prevent them. The best way to do that is follow the advice on this blog and ask your podiatrist about proper foot wear. You may even need to invest in orthotics to reduce stress on your feet. High heels can lead to all types of injuries. If you are “addicted” to heels, try wearing them only 2 days of the week instead of 5. It is worth it because, even though they are harmless, no one wants to deal with an annoying bump on the top of their foot.